K Line sues APL Logistics over false bankruptcy rumours

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) yesterday took APL Logistics to court in Tokyo, suing the company for falsely stating that the line was on the verge of bankruptcy earlier this year.

“[We have] suffered considerable damage due to cancelations or suspensions of bookings by clients,” K Line said in a statement. “K’ Line has decided to file a lawsuit in order to restore its social confidence and clarify the social responsibility of a company such as [APL Logistics].”

In September a number of APL Logistics employees in China told some customers that K Line was likely to follow Hanjin Shipping into bankruptcy.

APL Logistics was bought by Japan’s Kintetsu World Express in 2015.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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