The German container shipping company said closing the deal, which is thought to be worth between EUR7-8bn ($7.5-8.6bn), is taking longer than expected but is not at risk.
The deal is expected to complete on 31 May 31, two months after the previously agreed date of 31 March.
In a statement, Hapag-Lloyd said: “All merger clearances and authority approvals as well as all necessary banking approvals from Hapag-Lloyd AG’s side and substantially all banking approvals from UASC’s side have been obtained and the merger parties are arranging the final documentation for a closing of the business combination.”
Hapag-Lloyd said despite the delayed closing date that its participation in a new shipping alliance in which shipping lines share vessels and pool runs to various destinations would start as planned on April 1.
Known as THE Alliance, the tie-up brings together Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, Mitsui OSK Lines, K Line, and Yang Ming.