Zim said Wednesday that it is holding discussions with the G6 Alliance (APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL) about cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Northwest Coast trade, expanding the current cooperation between Zim and the G6 on the Asia-U.S. East Coast Trade.
It said a new structure is planned to commence from the second quarter of 2014.
“Joint ventures are part of Zim’s ongoing strategy," Rafael Ben-Ari, Zim's vice president, shipping, said. "We are partners on the PNW with the Grand Alliance since 2009 and discuss to continue moving forward. Our aim, as always, is to improve the services to our customers.”
Any cooperative agreement will be subject to FMC approval.
On Tuesday, the G6 carriers said they are planning to expand their cooperation to the Asia-U.S. West Coast and transatlantic trade lanes in the second quarter of 2014, pending regulatory approval. The G6 Alliance was formed in late 2011, and the carriers began
cooperating in the Asia-Europe trade in March 2012, entering the
Asia-East Coast trade in May 2013.