Ocean freight giant CMA CGM Group announced several initiatives it has implemented to meet the needs of its customers and make the shipping and logistics supply chain as seamless as possible.
CMA CGM increased capacity in the United States 39 percent between the first and second half of 2020. This includes 25 extra loaders operating on routes between Asia and the U.S. providing more than over 114,500 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in total capacity, 13 vessel-size increases and a new direct service called the Golden Gate Bridge service with first call in Oakland set for Feb. 12.
CMA CGM said over the past six months, demand for goods transportation has bounced back sharply from the contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020. The Golden Gate Bridge service makes the logistics giant the only Trans-Pacific carrier to offer direct service to Oakland from Asia, specifically from Shanghai and Yantian, China., to the Port of Oakland. It will remove the Port of Los Angeles from the current route and enhance service by providing customers with an innovative and creative fast-transit alternative that enables them to avoid congestion.
The company said Oakland is an ideal, reliable alternative to the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach for West Coast customers importing goods due to its easy access for existing California shippers, immediate berth availability and fast rail connections into Chicago, Memphis, Dallas and Kansas City. The expanded service will also include Seattle, allowing for new capacity to Pacific Northwest customers. The CMA CGM Group continues to work closely with U.S. ports and other partners to actively develop and implement solutions to make the shipping and logistics supply chain seamless.
The group is implementing solutions to assist with the ongoing container shortage and port congestion. It has taken several measures to speed up the return of empty containers to Asia and to cut delays at the ports it serves in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
In the U.S., CMA CGM has doubled the number of dedicated chassis in Southern California, broadened the base of truck providers to get containers in and out of the terminals more quickly, worked with rail partners to bring additional rail cars through Southern California and split calls between ports to increase velocity at berth.
Globally, the company has also created agile service solutions for customers in order to redistribute freight to ports less impacted by the congestion. During the second half of 2020, CMA CGM increased the size of its container fleet 8.7 percent, services have been rerouted to clear the build-up of empty containers and CMA CGM is offering customers alternative solutions that use other types of containers to meet their needs.
“As the nation’s top ocean freight carrier, we are always looking for new ways to provide our customers with differentiated services, fast transit times and efficient access to their inland destinations,” Ed Aldridge, president of CMA CGM America and APL North America, said. “We believe calling Oakland first from Asia will help meet market demand while also providing some relief to the congestion at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. CMA CGM looks forward to partnering with the Ports of Oakland and Seattle to increase the flow of shipments while continuing to deliver innovative solutions to our customers.”
CMA CGM Group is a world leader in shipping and logistics. Its 538 vessels serve more than 420 ports around the world on five continents. In 2019, it transported nearly 22 million TEU containers. With CEVA Logistics, a world leader in logistics services, CMA CGM handles more than 500,000 tons of airfreight and 1.9 million tons of inland freight every year.