APL will focus its operations on servicing the US government as its parent company, CMA CGM, unveiled a series of measures meant to simplify and improve services.
In a statement, CMA CGM said APL will “leverage its experience” providing US flag services to “solidify and enhance the Group’s specialisation”. Additionally, APL will continue its Guam-Pacific service.
Ed Aldridge, President of CMA CGM and APL in the United States, stated: “We are leveraging the very best of CMA CGM and APL, two major carriers in the U.S., to bring our customers an even more focused and streamlined customer experience.
“This simplification fortifies the Group’s number-one position in the country while enabling us to build upon APL’s rich heritage of U.S. flag-ship operations and service to the United States Government.”
According to CMA CGM, the service change will mean that from 1 October 2020 it will become the sole commercial carrier operating on the Transpacific market and serve its customers more effectively and focus on delivering complete, tailored solutions.
That date will also see the launch of CMA CGM Asia Pacific Limited, a Singapore-based hub which the carrier will use to drive development in the Asia-Pacific region and will focus on delivering end-to-end shipping and logistics solutions.
Stéphane Courquin, Head of CMA CGM Asia Pacific, said: “The reorganization of our Transpacific trade will keep our global network more efficient and diversified.
“The creation of a new Asia-Pacific hub in Singapore demonstrates our dedication to serve the region as we take supply chain efficiency to the next level, leveraging our expertise in shipping and logistics.”