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THE Alliance to keep two Asia – Europe services merged in Q3

THE Alliance will continue to merge two Asia – North Europe loops in Q3, as it announces blank sailings and service suspensions across its network in July

THE Alliance, which comprises container lines, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Yang Ming, said its FE4 and FE2 loops would continue to remain merged until the end of September 2020. The FE2 service will continue a combined service with a backhaul via the Cape of Good Hope rather than the shorter route of the Suez Canal. Its FE3 service will be extended to cover Central China ports in Q3.

In July on the Asia – Med trade five sailings will be blanked and on the transpacific Asia – US West Coast some 11 sailings will be blanked. The PS5 service on the transpacific will remain suspended in July.

On the eastbound transpacific to the US East Coast the EC1 and EC3 services remain merged in July, but THE Aliance said this could change.

On the Asia – Middle East trade the AG1 service will remain merged into AG3 in July.

THE Alliance will also void two sailings on the Asia – India trade, and five on the transatlantic trade in July.

“THE Alliance will continue to closely monitor the latest market situation during the Covid-19 pandemic and provide updates on any necessary service changes. The affected services are expected to resume normal operations once market conditions improve,” the member lines said.

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