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HAIFA: July 23, 2018. ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is to join the 2M Alliance of Maersk and MSC on the Asia – US East Coast trade.

ZIM HALIFAXSubject to regulatory approval the three carriers will operate five loops beginning in September. ZIM will operate one loop and 2M will operate four loops, and the parties will swap slots on all loops.

ZIM says the seven-year arrangement saves it money and offers customers a more comprehensive product portfolio with more direct calls in Asia and the US plus faster transit times.

“The agreement will significantly improve our services on this important trade, where we remain a major player as part of our strategy,” said ZIM president and CEO Eli Glickman. “We will continue to be independent, building on our personal links with our customers, for which we are so well known in addition to our ongoing technological initiatives such as our successful blockchain project,” he added.

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