Shippers worry about new mega ships and alliances

American shippers nervously await the introduction of the new ultra-large container ships and the increasing degree of cooperation between, for example, Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM.

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Several American shippers seem concerned about the future prospects of container traffic to and from the Far East being dominated by the new ultra-large container ships and divided into a few alliances, such as the announced P3 collaboration between the world's three largest carriers, Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM.

"It's very worrying to us as exporters that, going forward, there might be fewer options," said Klaus Schnede, head of shipping and air procurement at chemical giant Eastman Chemical, at a recent conference in the United States, the South Carolina International Trade Conference, according to news media American Shipper.

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