As of April 1, 2017 new ocean carrier alliances will begin operations, consequently impacting importers and exporters around the world. With a common implementation date and various processes to change, the international trade community is bracing for potential port and terminal disruptions.
Over the past couple of years ocean container lines have formed into four mega-alliances, largely to create economies of scale. By sharing space on mega-vessels, carriers benefit from lowered operating costs due to the sheer volume. Currently, the G6 and CKYHE alliances hold the majority of the capacity on the Trans-Pacific Eastbound trade lane. However, with the pending CMA CGM purchase of NOL, a portion of the G6's share could be shifted to the Ocean Three.