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Container giants squeeze out North European feeder operators

The closure of Team Lines next week is just the latest example of the fact that the major liner companies have increasingly come to dominate the feeder market with their own carriers over the past ten years. Alphaliner has looked at this development over the last decade.

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The major container carriers have not only themselves become larger over the last ten years, their feeder subsidiaries have also gained a larger portion of the North European market.

This puts pressure on independent feeder operators, which are now left with a substantially smaller market shares compared to ten years back, show figures from Alphaliner.

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