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Shippers and carriers don’t always see eye-to-eye, but they do agree on one thing as the 2014-15 shipping season rolls out: The advent of the P3 Network and other expanding vessel-sharing alliances are turning ocean transportation on the major east-west ocean trades into a commodity.

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