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Beginning Jan. 6, APL will call the Port of Miami as part of two Central America services, CAX and CX2. Miami will be the only U.S. port of call for the service connecting Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador with APL's major European and Latin American trade routes. APL's fastest connections to Europe and South America go through Miami, according to Carlos Velez, vice president and managing director in Latin America. The twice-weekly CAX is one of three APL routes serving Central America. By routing through Miami, shippers using the CAX can connect to the line's Atlantic Pacific Express and Atlantic North service for shipments to and from Europe. They can also use Miami to hook up with APL's New York Express for other major ports of call in Latin America, as well as Asia. The move represents the first time in APL's history that the line has linked the northern zone of Central America with the larger Latin American region, Europe and Asia via its all-water services, APL said. Miami recently opened an automated 16-lane gate to speed up traffic at the port. For the CX2 service, APL is moving operations to Miami from Port Everglades.
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