Hapag-Lloyd will expand its product offering on the Asia-North Europe trade starting in March 2020 following its agreement on a space charter with the Maersk and MSC (2M) alliance on the Asia-North Europe trade.
The German box carrier, which is also a member of THE Alliance, says that the additional tie-up will strengthen its product portfolio by gaining access to selected services of 2M.
A spokesperson for Hapag-Lloyd said: “The addition of these services will enable Hapag-Lloyd to offer an even higher frequency of weekly departures and more routing options as well as to directly serve additional ports with high schedule reliability.”
Additional details about the services will become available in the upcoming weeks.
Earlier this week, THE Alliance – comprising Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming – announced an expanded service network for 2020 after Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) joined as a full member when it received FMC regulatory approval.
It means a new structure of 33 services, coverage of 78 ports throughout Asia, Europe including Mediterranean, North and Central America, the Middle East, Red Sea and Indian Subcontinent.
The upgraded network will be launched around April this year. Based on THE Alliance’s existing network, the new product package will offer increased frequency particularly from South East Asia, as well as new direct port coverage and improved transit times, said a spokesperson for THE Alliance.