Within the next six weeks, APL, a shipping brand that dates back to 1848, will only serve the transpacific and US-flag services.
Parent company CMA CGM, which bought APL four years ago, will shortly stop using the APL brand on trades covering the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Latin America, according to Alphaliner.
The move follows the earlier exit of the APL brand from the Oceania trade in January this year and from the Asia-Europe and transatlantic trades in October last year. APL’s intra-Asia short sea services have been operated via another CMA CGM acquisition, CNC, since December 2018.
A spokesperson for CMA CGM declined to comment when contacted by Alphaliner as to whether the APL name might also disappear on the transpacific too soon.
Singapore-based APL, formerly called American President Lines, features a distinctive eagle in its logo. It has had many incarnations during its 172-year history, starting out as the Pacific Mail Steamship Company.