CMA CGM and Alibaba Partner For Online Commerce

French container carrier CMA CGM and and Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba have struck a deal to collaborate in the area of online commerce.

The two signed a memorandum of understanding on February 14 in Hangzhou, China to seek cooperation in the digital area.

“For CMA CGM, it is one step ahead to create added value to its customers and to make the industry meet the digital world,” the company said in a written release.

The cooperation involves providing digitalized services to customers via the one-touch platform.

“They propose together an alternative for direct booking platform for customers and to have on line booking for shipments ex China to Mediterranean and Adriatic area through the CMA CGM MEX1 and CMA CGM BEX services,” said the statement.

Under the arrangement, the CMA CGM MEX 1 service, connecting Asia to Mediterrean area, will propose ports of loading as Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Yantian, and ports of discharge in West Mediterranean base ports as Barcelona and Valencia.

The CMA CGM BEX service, connecting Asia to Adriatic ports, will propose the ports of loading as Shanghai, Ningbo, and Chiwan, with the ports of discharge in Adriatic base ports as Rijeka, Koper, Trieste, and Venice.