CMA CGM: a global leader in container shipping

Founded in Marseille in 1978 by Jacques Saadé, the CMA CGM Group is the third-largest container shipping company worldwide and number 1 in France.

CMA CGM: a world leader and a major economic player

CMA CGM Jules Verne in front of the CMA CGM Tower in Marseille

From its base in Marseille, the CMA CGM Group is present in more than 150 countries through its network of over 650 agencies, with more than 18,000 employees worldwide (4,700 in France).

With a young and diversified fleet of 428 vessels, the CMA CGM Group serves 400 of the world's 521 commercial ports. Through its 170 shipping lines the company operates on every one of the world's seas. Its global presence and powerful ships like the CMA CGM JULES VERNE enable the CMA CGM Group to transport a volume of 11.4 million TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit) each year.

The CMA CGM Group posted revenues of US$ 15.9 billion in 2013, proving that "family business" companies are efficient and make it possible for French industry to rise to the upper echelons of world trade.

There are 2,400 staff members working at the Group's head office, the CMA CGM Tower in Marseille. It is a building worthy of a major player in the French economy. The Group has 6,300 French customers and CMA CGM is the largest private employer in Marseille, the city where the company was founded in 1978.



2013 Key figures

15.9billionRevenue in USD

11.4millionVolume transported in TEUs

428 Vessel fleet

1.556MFleet's slot capacity in TEUs

650Offices worldwide

400Ports of call in 150 countries

170Shipping lines

18,000Employees worldwide

4,700Employees in France



CMA CGM: subsidiaries and brands with targeted expertise for personalised service

DELMAS Reefer Container

The CMA CGM Group operates all over the world and on every sea. In order to offer personalised service, the company owns a portfolio of brands and subsidiaries that complement one another and offers strong regional expertise:


Other CMA CGM activities & subsidiaries are:

CMA CGM: environmental concerns at the heart of the Group's strategy

CMA CGM MARCO POLO in Port Klang

The sustainable development policy, launched several years ago by Jacques Saadé, is central to the CMA CGM Group's decision-making. CMA CGM has improved its CO2 performance by 40% in 2013 (projection: 50% by 2015).

There are many reasons for this environmental efficiency:

  • ships with the latest technologies for ensuring safety and protecting the environment ;
  • pioneering investment in eco-containers since 2005 ;
  • creation of Greenmodal Transport in 2012, the first three-mode French shipping operator combining rail, river, and road transport, all while guaranteeing the lowest environmental impact at the lowest cost ;
  • a ISO 14001 certification for the management of the Group's ships obtained in 2013 ;
  • and much more…

CMA CGM Group, as the world's third largest container shipping company, is determined to conduct its business activities in a responsible, transparent and ethical way, maintaining its values. In that regard, a Code of Ethics was created by the CMA CGM Group for its employees.

The CMA CGM Group is also furthering its corporate responsibility through the CMA CGM Corporate Foundation, founded by Mrs Naïla Saadé, which has been serving children since 2005.