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Drewry: Alliances are better than their reputation

The new mega-alliances have not developed into mirror images of each other as otherwise feared by the industry and shippers, says Drewry in a new analysis.

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The new mega-alliances are now up and running on the East-West trades, with Maersk Line and MSC's 2M alliance as the biggest player. After a few weeks of sailing under these new names, analyst agency Drewry offers an assessment of the alliances' impact.

"The Asia-North Europe trade post-alliance restructure is generally well-balanced in terms of geographical coverage with strong competition in the key lanes. The broad range of options made available to shippers means that accusations that the industry is completely homogenized are unfair," says Drewry.

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