Maersk will Buy Hamburg Süd, Shipping Company Specializing in the Market of South America

The owners of the Hamburg Süd Group have announced their intention to sell the Company to Maersk Line A/S. Subject to the required regulatory and shareholder approvals the transaction will be concluded at the end of 2017 at the earliest. This is a very important decision in the 145 year history of the Hamburg Süd Group which should be seen positively for the following reasons:

  • Through this transaction the Hamburg Süd Group brands will gain access to the scale and network of Maersk Line A/S to ensure a continued high-quality and sustainable service to its clients in a very competitive industry;
  • Hamburg Süd will be able to expand and grow as part of Maersk Line A/S and will continue being a reliable and sustainable partner for its business partners.

The agreement, following a recent wave of consolidation in the industry, will leave only 13 global companies (most of them with cargo-sharing agreements) compared to 20 at the beginning of the year, of which Maersk-Hamburg Sud would control almost 20% of the world market. In the case of Brazil would be 80% of the market, according to analysts.