Yet for a leader in global transportation such as CMA CGM, a simple presence is not sufficient. By establishing offices in the U.S. in the 90s’, the CMA CGM Group has had the double objective to be not only a leader in North America but also a world leader. By its very central position, CMA CGM is well positioned in a market popular with both importers and exporters.
The transatlantic trade is very dynamic. The trade consists of a very similar mix of commodities in both directions, as the economies and manufacturing on both sides of the Atlantic are closely aligned with each other. The transpacific is somewhat different, and very closely resembles the Asia-Europe trade lines (such as the FAL – French Asia Lines – the largest lines of the Group) – with manufactured goods such as shoes, clothing, and electronic goods coming to the US from Asia, and ships returning with base commodities and agricultural goods.
Each year, 145 to 180 million containers are transported around the world. Among them, there are about 30 million containers transported to and from the U.S. CMA CGM (including U.S. Lines) transports more than 2 million of them. On the transpacific lines (U.S. – Asia), there are 18 million containers transported each year. CMA CGM transports about 900 000 of them.
As part of the CMA CGM Group’s fleet, the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (with an 18,000 TEUs capacity) remains, to this day, the largest cargo vessel ever to have called at a U.S. port.