In a historic change for the industry, CMA CGM Group has announced plans to take direct control of its subsidiary company APL, consolidating the business under its own brand. The restructuring should be completed by Oct. 1.
The decision marks the end of an era for APL, which was acquired by CMA in 2016 and has operated for 172 years. Under the reorganization, the APL brand will now focus solely on U.S. flag services for the federal government.
“While we’ll miss working closely with our friends at APL, we look forward to a new chapter beginning in our rich partnership with CMA,” said Peter Hsieh, Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing here at OEC Group. “Under the new change, customers can expect the exact same level of stellar service that they are accustomed to with APL.”
OEC also has a decades-long and remarkably strong bond with CMA and is one of the carrier’s largest clients in America, which gives the company a unique position that many of its competitors lack. Compared to other NVOs, OEC has an advantageous relationship with CMA that gets it the fastest possible solutions to any shipment issues.
“OEC and CMA have a long history of working together to provide customers with on-time shipments and top-notch service,” said Anthony Fullbrook, U.S. East Region President at OEC Group. “For our customers who rely on APL and CMA, the new organization will be a much larger company that ensures an even higher level of service.”