Container carriers' search for digital solutions now underway

Container carriers have formed several collaborations for digital solutions for the best digitalization of container carrier services. Maersk Line announced that it has formed a cooperation with Alibaba. Zim, Cosco, and CMA CGM formed collaborations with Alibaba last week, similarly concerning container freight.

The pilot projects could feature established online platforms, such as Alibaba or Flexport. The digital solutions aim to enable shippers to directly book slots for their goods on a container vessel operating on specific routes by using the online platforms.

The deal between CMA CGM and Alibaba, announced last week, will give shippers this opportunity on two of the major Asia-Europe strings, namely between Asia and the Mediterranean and Asia and the Adriatic Sea.