CMA CGM and Zim sign up with Alibaba
Two major container shipping lines, France’s CMA CGM and Israel’s Zim, have signed up with Alibaba, enabling customers to book space on their vessels through Alibaba’s OneTouch online platform. As previously reported by Post&Parcel, Alibaba signed an agreement with another shipping giant, Maersk, in January.
In a statement announcing its partnership with Alibaba, CMA CGM said: “This cooperation between CMA CGM and ALIBABA OneTouch will provide digitalised services for the clientele via OneTouch import and export BPO service Platform. They propose together an alternative for direct booking platform for customers and to have on line booking for shipments ex China to Mediterranean and Adriatic area through the CMA CGM MEX1 and CMA CGM BEX services.
“The CMA CGM MEX 1 service, connecting Asia to Mediterrean area will propose ports of loading as Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian and port of discharge in West Mediterranean base ports as Barcelona, Valencia.
“The CMA CGM BEX service, connecting Asia to Adriatic ports will propose the ports of loading as Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan and port of discharge in Adriatic base ports as Rijeka, Koper, Trieste, Venice.”