ZIM is expanding its cooperation with the 2M alliance as HMM moves away from Maersk and MSC to join THE Alliance.
ZIM is launching two new Asia – US Gulf services with the 2M alliance. The ZIM US Gulf Central China Xpress with ten 6,500 teu vessels connects China and Korea with the US East Coast via the Panama Canal, while the ZIM US Gulf South China Xpress will connect Southern Chinese and Korean ports with US Gulf ports also via the Panama Canal.
Eli Glickman, ZIM president and ceo said: “This is the third phase of our tightening cooperation with the 2M Alliance, now extending to four major trades.”
The move comes as Korean line HMM announced it would be ending its three-year cooperation with the 2M Alliance to join THE Alliance with Ocean Network Express, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming from 1 April next year.
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Nissim Yochai, ZIM evp Pacific Trade commented: “The two new lines offer better port coverage in the growing US Gulf market, excellent transit time both for Imports and Exports together with our ZIM’s signature premium customer service.”