The container lines were fined a total of 2.39 million Chinese yuan renminbi (U.S. $347,212) for failing to record or recording inaccurate data on their freight rates.
The French ocean carrier will buy space on a service between North Europe and the West Coast of North America, as well as on a service between Japan and California.
A spokesperson from Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) told American Shipper the loop is expected to commence April 2 from Laem Chabang, operating with seven, 6,800-TEU vessels supplied by HMM.
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Danish shipping company Maersk Line and Chinese e-commerce marketplace Alibaba teamed up to provide sellers direct bookings with the container line, marking another development in the rapidly changing ocean freight procurement space.
The logistics industry should heed past innovators as it grapples with Amazon and Alibaba's clear desire to take greater control of their logistics processes, according to CoLoadX founder Fauad Shariff.
Japan's three largest ocean carriers said Monday in Tokyo they will merge their container operations in mid-2017 to form what would be the sixth largest line, continuing a recent trend of industry consolidation.