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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.

29 Sep 2020
Forwarders, shippers and software providers connected to CMA CGM’s systems continued on Tuesday to sort through the effects of a malware attack on the Marseille-based container line.
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.
06 Mar 2017
Ensuring their supply chains are secure is high on the BCOs' agenda as they engage with carriers in trans-Pacific service contract talks, said APL's chief executive.
23 Feb 2017
APL product aims at shippers with day-definite intermodal shipment needs.
17 Jan 2017
French line CMA CGM has followed through on its commitment to making Singapore its Asian hub with the opening of a regional operations centre in the city-state.
07 Dec 2016
APL will drop its regular general rate increases and adopt the inclusive rate format that was agreed with the EU Commission in July by a host of carriers to resolve a long-running anti-trust probe.
07 Dec 2016
APL has expanded its China-New Zealand network as trade between the two countries almost tripled in the past decade.
16 Sep 2016
APL is about to launch a new trans-Atlantic service just as import spot rates on the route are at a five-year low.
05 Sep 2016
CMA CGM has completed its acquisition of NOL and its liner unit APL.
The Ocean Alliance will get a new 45-day review period from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission after it submits responses to FMC queries.
25 Aug 2016
U.S. maritime regulators have more questions for the Ocean Alliance.
25 Aug 2016
APL’s tie-up with CMA CGM has allowed the Singapore liner to re-enter the India-Europe trade lane.
23 Aug 2016
No surprises as a weak October encourages G6 to withdraw sailings on major east-west trades.
Incheon Port, pictured, in the first half recorded its largest ever throughput for a half-year period with 1.24 million TEUs.
22 Aug 2016
The new CC1-CC2 was made from the merging of two Asia-North America West Coast Central China products into a new Central China Combo service.
09 Aug 2016
Zhao Hongzhou, a former general manager at China Shipping Container Lines, has been tapped to lead the integration of of APL’s greater China operations into CMA CGM.
18 Jul 2016
CMA CGM Monday closed its all-cash offer for Neptune Orient Lines.
14 Jun 2016
CMA CGM named a new CEO and CFO for NOL.
09 Jun 2016
CMA CGM takes yet another major step toward its NOL acquisition.
06 Jun 2016
French container line launches all-cash offer for NOL shares.
24 May 2016
APL has unveiled a new tool to help shippers understand SOLAS around the globe.
06 May 2016
“The difficult market condition is prompting consolidation and changes in alliances in the industry. While APL continues to make progress in taking out costs and improving yield, the proposed acquisition of APL by CMA CGM will help APL achieve scale to stay competitive in the industry,” NOL Group President and CEO Ng Yat Chung said.
29 Apr 2016
CMA CGM, the third-largest global container line, got the go-ahead on Friday from the European Union to acquire Neptune Orient Lines, the parent company of APL, but with one condition.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights APL
25 Apr 2016
U.S. agriculture exporters’ push for a so-called “rational” method to a new container-weighing rule suffered a blow after APL said in a guidance to shippers that it wouldn't allow customers to provide the weight of goods and packaging to the container line, which would then add that figure to the tare weight of the container.
31 Mar 2016
Container lines in the G6 Alliance have canceled additional sailings on Asia-Europe routes where demand has been slack and rates have plunged to rock-bottom levels.
25 Feb 2016
A look at the 2015 performance of three major carriers — Maersk Line, OOCL and APL — reveals the extent of the decline in average revenue per 20-foot container transported that low bunker prices were unable to offset.
23 Feb 2016
Neptune Orient Lines posted a $707 million net profit for 2015 as the sale of its logistics unit lifted annual earnings by $888 million, but collapsing freight rates in the fourth quarter and falling volumes hit the liner business hard.
16 Feb 2016
CMA CGM and Cosco are leading efforts to create a new vessel-sharing alliance that could include Evergreen Line and OOCL and would shake up three of the four major east-west carrier groupings, the Alphaliner newsletter reported.
04 Jan 2016
Former American President Lines CEO W. Bruce Seaton, who pioneered the post-Panamax container ship and scheduled transcontinental stacktrains, died Dec. 26 at the age of 90 in Greenbrae, California.
04 Jan 2016
The U.S-flagged APL Guam called at the island of Guam for the first time on Jan. 1 to mark the maiden inbound shipment to the Western Pacific island as part of the carrier’s Guam Saipan Express (GSX) service.
16 Dec 2015
To mitigate service disruptions caused by potential consolidation, APL, CMA CGM, China Shipping Container Lines and Cosco could elect to participate in more than one major alliance during a transition phase, Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle said last week.
14 Dec 2015
CMA CGM’s $2.4 billion acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines and the forthcoming merger between state-owned Cosco and China Shipping are unlikely to spur a fresh round of consolidation in container shipping, according to Drewry.
09 Dec 2015
The price Temasek will get for NOL from CMA CGM if the deal goes ahead is below the book value of the company, according to Alphaliner.
08 Dec 2015
CMA CGM’s plans to bring APL into the O3 Alliance once the NOL acquisition is done has put the spotlight on the G6 Alliance and what the loss of its Singapore-based member would mean.
07 Dec 2015
CMA CGM plans to bring NOL’s liner division APL into the O3 Alliance that the carrier operates in with China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Co., the France-based line’s vice chairman Rodolphe Saadé said.