CMA CGM to become the Group’s exclusive commercial carrier on the Transpacific trade

By
Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor ·

July 6, 2020

As part of its ongoing drive to permanently adjust its operating setup and network, The CMA CGM Group has announced a “simplification” of its container trade offering.

From 1st October, CMA CGM will become the sole commercial carrier of the Group operating in the Transpacific, leaving APL – a legendary pioneer in the trade lane – in a minor supporting role. 

As a carrier, APL will soon focus exclusively on servicing the United States Government.

“We are leveraging the very best of CMA CGM and APL, two major carriers in the U.S., to bring our customers an even more focused and streamlined customer experience,” said Ed Aldridge, President of CMA CGM and APL in the United States. “This simplification fortifies the Group’s number-one position in the country while enabling us to build upon APL’s rich heritage of U.S. flag-ship operations and service to the United States Government.”

Dan Smith, principal, The Tioga Group, told LM in an interview that alliances have recently tended to erase carrier differences.

“This is one of the key reasons they cannot sustain higher rates,” he added. 

Meanwhile, the current CMA CGM regional office and NOL Limited will be redesigned as a major regional hub from October 1st: CMA CGM Asia Pacific Limited. 

This Singapore-based hub will drive CMA CGM’s development in the Asia-Pacific region and will focus on delivering end-to-end shipping and logistics solutions. ANL Container Line Pty. Limited will become a subsidiary of CMA CGM Asia Pacific Limited as part of this development. 

“The reorganization of our Transpacific trade will keep our global network more efficient and diversified,” said Stéphane Courquin, Head of CMA CGM Asia Pacific.

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for
Logistics Management and
Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at
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