The new agreement includes two new channels, ZGC – ZIM US Gulf Central China Xpress and ZGX – ZIM US Gulf South China Xpress. The most recent agreement is the second cooperation agreement announced by container shipping companies, following the agreement to share navigation capacity on the east coast of Asia in North America, signed in July 2018. Zim President and General Manager Eli Glickman said the new deal with 2M would see Zim`s four ships and three 2M ships operate on the TP9/Maple loop in Seattle and Vancouver, and slots on the TP8/Orient channel in Prince Rupert, as well as access to slots on Maersk and MSC`s Asia-Mediterranean services. The new cooperation follows previous agreements in Asia-East Coast of the United States, in service since September 2018, and in Asia-Pacific-Northwest and Asia-Mediterranean trade, which have been in operation since March 2019. Maersk Line and MSC`s «new strategic operational cooperation» with Zim follows the U.S. East Coast Ship Sharing Agreement, which began in September. In order to obtain the agreement reached with the South Korean airline by the U.S. Federal Commission (FMC), Maersk and MSC had to agree that 2M cargo would only be loaded onto HMM vessels «with the explicit consent of customers.» Home News » » What Zim can learn from its reputation for responding to the cooperation agreement with 2M «We are very proud to work with the two biggest players in the sector and to develop our collaboration with 2M Alliance. The new strategic agreement means faster and more efficient service, with better geographic coverage and extensive direct calls for our customers, in line with our vision to provide quality service. We will greatly increase our ability to offer the best of both worlds: high-level online coverage combined with our outstanding customer service and personal rating. The agreement is a disruptive factor and I am confident that it will support the growth and profitability of ZIM.

The 2M and Zim alliance are expected to extend their cooperation to services from Asia to the west coast of the United States and the Mediterranean, which the Israeli airline has described as a «game change agreement.»