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Founded in 1848 as American President Lines, APL is now a wholly owned division of Singapore-based NOL Group, and a division of CMA CGM, the French shipping giant. Yet APL continues to maintain its own brand, offering transcontinental cargo shipping across Asia, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and Australia through more than 120 weekly services calling ports in over 70 countries worldwide. The world’s seventh-largest container shipping company, with about 150 vessels, operating in over 140 ports worldwide.  

APL continues to build out its own innovative services, such as service that delivers containers from China to the US West Coast, and then on to interior rail hubs. In the past, many of those interchanges between western and eastern railroads have experienced congestion.

Port of Prince Rupert rail restored
18 Feb 2020
A rail blockade in Ontario as part of a more than week-long First Nation protest against a proposed oil pipeline in Canada remains in place, and CN’s eastern Canadian network is at a near standstill.
Reefer surcharges rocket due to Chinese port plug scarcity
14 Feb 2020
US exporters of refrigerated (reefer) cargo are facing costly delays in China and equipment shortages in the United States due to extended factory closures and limitations on worker movement caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
22 Jan 2020
APL Logistics is providing a visibility product that mingles its ability to connect directly to carriers across modes with its “boots on the ground” to fill in gaps in data completeness and timeliness.
13 Dec 2019
A number of ocean carriers are adjusting their detention and demurrage fees in the next 30 days, causing shippers to pay more for these penalties being reviewed by the Federal Maritime Commission.
JOC Top 40 container carrier rankings first half 2019
16 Sep 2019
Container carriers in the slowing US import and export trades are exercising increased discipline, maintaining capacity levels rather than introducing new vessels in an attempt to secure a larger share of the market.
13 Sep 2019
The larger container ships global carriers are starting to deploy in intra-Asia trades are putting pressure on specialist feeder lines already dealing with bad weather, port congestion, and shifting trade patterns.
26 Jul 2019
APL has its third CEO since being acquired by CMA CGM as the carrier prepares to consolidate its presence in the trans-Pacific and intra-Asia.
08 Jul 2019
Port Miami is gaining a second weekly route with the Dominican Republic, its second-largest trading partner, through APL/CMA CGM. It’s an express route that will take one fewer day than Seaboard Marine’s service.
Peak season capacity slashed on Asia-Europe
03 Jul 2019
Another round of blank sailings has been announced, this time by the Ocean Alliance, as carriers sail into a decidedly uncertain peak season shipping period.
10 Jun 2019
Steady is progress being made toward improving the accuracy and verifiability of supply chain carbon footprint data.
Trans-Pacific carriers begin blanking sailings
22 May 2019
The Ocean Alliance will skip two Asia-US West Coast sailings in June in an effort to maintain rates as the US-China trade war takes a toll on volume.
25 Apr 2019
Prior attempts at guaranteed ocean products have struggled due to a lack of demand for higher-priced premium services; what makes Kuehne + Nagel’s KN Pledge any different?
05 Apr 2019
Container carriers are increasing capacity to Vietnam as manufacturers shift production from China to Southeast Asia.
27 Feb 2019
APL is taking its expedited EXX service from Shanghai to LA, guaranteeing rapid rail delivery to key inland hubs despite congestion at West Coast ports and on intermodal rail routes.
08 Feb 2019
Maersk and others are cracking down on dangerous goods misdeclarations, but more awareness is needed to address the underlying issues behind improper cargo classification.
APL ship at the Port of Oakland.
26 Jul 2018
APL’s blockchain aims to include a range of container shipping processes, with an example of the platform’s utility being the elimination of the redundancy, needless rekeying, and back-and-forth of one essential task.
New APL service to test expedited demand on trans-Pacific
17 Jul 2018
A new service from APL will test the hypothesis that shippers will pay more for better service, if it is available.
The Port of Los Angeles.
12 Jul 2018
It took the new management team at APL’s Pier 300 in Los Angeles only three months to improve truck turn times from the worst in the harbor to the fourth best among the 12 terminals. And they accomplished it by deploying a "customer focus/consumer focus" strategy.
An APL ship.
13 Jun 2018
Known as Eagle GO Guaranteed, APL is extending the service to Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades, following a successful implementation of the shipping option on the trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic, and Oceania routes.
A CMA CGM ship.
25 May 2018
Rodolphe Saadé, group CEO of CMA CGM, announced the surcharge along with first-quarter results, which saw revenue surge. Despite that increase in demand, fuel costs resulted in a $77-million net loss for the quarter.
An APL container ship.
11 Apr 2018
Shippers looking to send goods from Latin America west — especially from Mexico — to China and the Far East, and in the other direction, have a growing list of options after the launch of three new services.
An APL container ship.
06 Apr 2018
The service is the latest by an ocean carrier seeking to develop time-definite business arrangements with importers of certain products when they have a critical mass of shippers at designated destinations.
The Port of Shanghai.
05 Mar 2018
Singapore-based APL will launch a fast premium service between Shanghai and LA in June to lure shippers of air freight to ocean.
11 Dec 2017
APL was No. 13 on the trans-Atlantic trade in the first three quarters.
16 Oct 2017
Offering the right solutions and not the lowest price will be the way carriers can differentiate themselves, believes the APL CEO.
09 Oct 2017
APL on Monday said it will guarantee US importers’ containers won’t be left at the dock in China and Vietnam through a surcharge and a money-back guarantee.
05 Oct 2017
BCOs will experience new dynamics that could affect cargo-handling at terminals where supervisors are organized by the ILWU.
30 Sep 2017
Cargo-handling resumed and truck gates reopened at one of the largest container terminals in Southern California at the height of the peak-shipping season.
06 Jul 2017
The superintendent organizing efforts come at a sensitive time for the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association.
05 Jul 2017
Just days after APL announced the launch of a direct Asia-Hawaii service, NYK has doubled its frequency to the US island state.
03 Jul 2017
French line CMA CGM has offloaded most of its stake in its LA terminal for almost $1 billion.
01 Jul 2017
APL has added to its trans-Pacific network with a new and direct North Asia-Hawaii service.
09 Jun 2017
CMA CGM and its APL unit are launching two new services linking the Mediterranean, the Arabian Gulf, and the Indian Subcontinent.
19 May 2017
CMA CGM returned to the black in the first quarter.
10 Apr 2017
Jakarta and the US West Coast have been linked by a new direct service offered by the Ocean Alliance and operated by CMA CGM.
08 Mar 2017
The new alliances begin operations on April 1, but an analysis of the networks reveals a surprising cut in the number of direct port-to-port connections.