Drewry: Global alliances a long way off

Regardless of the fact that the new collaboration between Hamburg Süd and Arabian UASC will cover East-West as well as North-South trades, it is still too soon to speak of actual global container alliances, according to Drewry.

The new cooperation agreement between the two expansive container carriers Hamburg Süd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) opens up for new possibilities for the two carriers, but the industry is still a long way off from actual global container alliances covering the major East-West trade from the Far East to Northern Europe as well as the North-South trades that, in addition to Africa and Latin America, also over the Indian sub-continent and Oceania, says analyst agency Drewry on the basis of sparse data from Hamburg Süd and UASC about the scope of their new agreement.

The two carriers have agreed to collaborate on several of their respective core routes. For Hamburg Süd, this means that the carrier will become part of routes from Asia to Northern Europe and the US in December 2014 and January 2015, while UASC joins services from Europe to the South American East Coast and services from Asia to the South American East Coast, starting mid-2015, according to the carriers.

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