P3 Network Not to be Implemented in China

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Vincent Clerc, Chief Trade and Marketing Officer, Maersk Line.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) yesterday announced that they have not approved the P3 Network (P3). P3 was a long-term operational vessel sharing agreement proposed by MSC, CMA CGM, and Maersk Line. The MOFCOM’s decision follows a review under China's merger control rules.

The P3 partners take note of and respect MOFCOM’s decision. Subsequently, the partners have agreed to stop the preparatory work on the P3 Network and the P3 Network as initially planned will not come into existence.

“In Maersk Line we have worked hard to address the Chinese questions and concerns. So of course it is a disappointment. P3 would have provided Maersk Line with a more efficient network and our customers with a better product. We are committed to continuing to be cost competitive and offer reliable services,” says Vincent Clerc, Chief Trade and Marketing Officer, Maersk Line.

Maersk Line has served China with reliable liner shipping for more than 80 years and remains dedicated to cooperate closely with the Chinese authorities and serve our customers.

“The decision does come as a surprise to us, of course, as the partners have worked hard to address all the regulators’ concerns. The P3 alliance would have enabled Maersk Line to make further reductions in cost and CO2 emissions and not least improve its services to its customers with a more efficient vessel network. Nevertheless, I’m quite confident Maersk Line will accomplish those improvements anyway. It has delivered on those improvements over the last five quarters in the absence of P3 and I’m confident it will continue to do so,” says Group CEO Nils S. Andersen.

The lack of implementation of the P3 Network will have no material impact on the Maersk Group’s expected result for 2014.

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