New Alliances

New Alliances

April 1, 2017, was the start of two new global shipping alliances; THE Alliance of NYK Line, Hapag-Lloyd, "K" Line, Yang Ming Line, and MOL, and the Ocean Alliance of Orient Overseas Container Line, CMA CGM, Evergreen Line, APL, and China Cosco Shipping.

News & Analysis

Zim, 2M deepen pact with new Asia-Gulf services
03 Jul 2019
Amid rising Asian imports into the Gulf Coast, two new services linking the regions that Zim Integrated Shipping Services will launch in August are expected to increase the cargo moved by the carrier with the 2M Alliance, strengthening the relationship as 2M prepares to lose market share due to the departure of HMM.
Two container ships at sea.
02 Nov 2018
The World Shipping Council, which represents the container shipping industry, said the paper by the OECD’s International Transport Forum that wants the European Commission’s block exemption for container shipping lines to end without renewal in April 2020 demonstrated “a fundamental misunderstanding” of how the consortia block exemption works.
27 Apr 2018
Sponsored: CMA CGM's Mathieu Friedberg on rethinking services for customers and moving beyond price as the sole differentiator between ocean carriers. 
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: "We're trying to run a marathon when we've just learned to walk," C.H. Robinson's Sri Laxmana said in an interview with Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett at 2018 TPM.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: Laufer Group International CEO Mark Laufer and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett discuss the market and technological changes taking place in the container shipping industry following the recent consolidation wave.  
18 Dec 2017
The impact of mega-ships and consolidation will see the alliances needing to revise their network offerings in 2018, creating new uncertainty for shippers already concerned at potentially large numbers of canceled sailings.

Commentary

Containerization has gradually led to the commoditization of the ocean (port-to-port) liner service, leading to excruciating competition among carriers.

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