Maersk and CMA CGM set to dominate Asia-West Africa

Maersk Line and French CMA CGM will launch a new collaboration in April between Asia and West Africa, which will give the carriers a combined market share of 64 percent, says Drewry.

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A new alliance between Asia and West Africa involving Maersk Line and the carrier's African subsidiary, Safmarine, along with French CMA CGM and its similarly African branch, Delmas, will give Maersk and CMA CGM a combined market share of around 64 percent on the route, says Drewry of the consequences resulting from the four carriers rationalizing and combining their services, starting April.

"Maersk/Safmarine and CMA CGM/Delmas’s alliance between Asia and West Africa is a bold move that will force others to change despite cargo volumes remaining low. The alliance appears designed not only to improve economies of scale, but also to mount a bigger challenge to the growing threat from transshipment service providers. Competitions looks set to intensify, therefore," says Drewry.

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