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2M and CMA CGM sail around Africa on the way to Asia

Like competitor CMA CGM, Maersk and MSC have also started sailing south of Africa with certain services on the route between Europe and Asia. The shipping lines can thus cut the cost of going through the Suez Canal, which has responded with discounts.

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The world's largest container line, Maersk, has alongside partner MSC elected to send some of its vessels on Europe-Asia south of Africa instead of using the conventional route through the Suez Canal.

Maersk confirms this in an email to ShippingWatch, explaining that this is due to the "changing market conditions" resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.

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