Overview

Launched in Israel in 1945, ZIM became a pioneer in container shipping in the early 1970s and has established itself as a leading global container liner shipping company with established operations in approximately 100 countries serving approximately 30,000 customers in over 350 ports worldwide. ZIM's differentiated global-niche strategy, based on agile fleet management and deployment, covers major trade routes with a focus on select markets where the company holds competitive advantages.

ZIM leverages digital strategies and a commitment to ESG values to provide customers innovative seaborne transportation and logistics services and exceptional customer experience, while maximizing profitability. Through our focused strategy, enhanced digital tools, and track record as a top industry performer with high service quality, ZIM is positioned to continue to expand its leadership and achieve industry leading margins.

In a dynamic shipping and logistics environment, ZIM has set itself apart as a carrier with a fresh, unique approach. Supporting our central mission of providing the highest levels of customer service, we have implemented an innovative, data-driven strategy promoting digitization and introducing creative solutions to the market aimed at meeting customers’ evolving needs.

As part of our “Innovative Shipping” vision, we rely on careful analysis of data, including business and artificial intelligence, to better understand the needs of our customers and digitize our products, without compromising our long-standing reputation for a distinct personal approach to customer relations. We operate and innovate as a truly customer-centric company, constantly striving to provide a best-in-class product offering.

Innovation and digitization aimed at the customer’s ease of doing business, also drives powerful tools for enhancing efficiency and yield management.

Based on an actively managed approach, ZIM’s overall fleet capacity is continuously adjusted to meet changing market conditions and optimize vessel deployment and utilization.

Importantly, ZIM's network is also enhanced by operational cooperation agreements with other container liner companies and alliances, allowing us to optimize fleet utilization by sharing capacity, expanding our service offering and benefiting from cost savings.


Why ZIM?

In an industry dominated by traditional large players, ZIM stands out with its novel approach, bold strategy and innovative spirit.

ZIM’s differentiated position in the markets relies on the following pillars:

Extensive and agile network

We focus on attractive global and niche markets where we can develop sustainable competitive advantages and drive long-term profitability. With a complex global network of approximately 70 weekly lines, we offer tailored value-added services, including several logistics subsidiaries which provide complementary services to our customers. In response to growing eCommerce demand, in 2020 we launched four new high-speed lines with extraordinary success.

Innovation and digitalization

We use our technology and innovation to power new services, improve our best-in-class customer experience and enhance our productivity and portfolio management. Our investment in information technology systems has allowed us to develop an array of sophisticated tools that enable us to manage our vessel and cargo mix to prioritize higher yields and enhanced efficiency, cost savings, and profitability across the organization.

Actively manage capacity

We actively manage capacity to optimize operational efficiency and advance our commercial strategy. We charter-in nearly all of our capacity which allows us to adjust our capacity to meet changing market conditions, optimize vessel deployment, pursue high utilization of vessels, and exploit specific trade advantages.

Enhanced geographic coverage through partnerships

Our network is significantly enhanced by cooperation agreements with other leading companies and alliances, allowing us to maintain a high degree of agility while optimizing fleet utilization by sharing capacity, expanding our service offering and benefiting from cost savings. In 2018, we entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with the 2M Alliance (includes Maersk and MSC), which provides for comprehensive vessel sharing and port coverage.

Customer Centric approach

One of the key principles of our business is our customer-centric approach, characterized by the value-added services we offer to our highly diverse global customer base. Our strong reputation, high-quality service offering, and schedule reliability has generated a loyal customer base: 75% of our top 20 customers in 2019 have a working relationship with the Company lasting longer than 10 years.

Sustainability is a core value

We strive to be an industry leader in implementing policies and initiatives that help mitigate the impact of our operations on the planet. As part of our approach to decarbonization, ZIM has embraced LNG as a transitional fuel for our fleet and has chartered 28 LNG dual-fuel newbuild vessels, allowing us to immediately reduce emissions by up to 25% per LNG vessel sailing. When we take delivery of the LNG dual-fuel vessels throughout 2023 and 2024, approximately 1/3 of our capacity will be LNG-fueled, importantly, providing customers a “green” shipping option. In addition to our LNG fleet strategy, which will position us among the lowest carbon intensity operators, we are focused on supporting environmentally-friendly initiatives like promoting marine biodiversity and restoration and advancing sustainable procurement.

Growth engines

In line with our organizational culture which promotes and nurtures innovation and creativity, we have developed multiple growth engines adjacent to our core container shipping business and formed partnerships and collaborations with third-party technological startups. Our cooperation with Alibaba, for example, is expected to enable us to gain a foothold in adjacent and new markets, grow our revenue streams and provide added value to our customers.

Experienced management team with deep industry knowledge

ZIM has developed a strong company culture for performance, led by a management team with vast business and industry experience backed by the full support and guidance of a veteran Board of Directors. We believe that our team’s experience, deep industry knowledge and strong relationships with container liner industry participants, including freight forwarders, financing providers, customers, rail and truck transportation providers, vessel owners and shipbuilders, will continue to position us to execute our growth strategies.

Focus on profitability

ZIM’s primary objective is to use our strengths to profitably grow our business and maximize value to our shareholders. Complementing our investment in digital tools to improve revenue management, profitability and best servicing our customers, the agility of our fleet enables ZIM to focus on trades that we believe are underserved and where we can introduce competitive and comprehensive product offerings. We consistently re-evaluate our focus on expanding our presence or entering new trades in order to drive profitable growth.

Commitment to shareholder returns

ZIM has a track record of returning substantial capital to shareholders. Our quarterly dividend payout is equal to 30% of quarterly net income, with the total full year dividend payout totaling up to 50% of annual net income. The return of capital to shareholders has been and remains a top priority for ZIM.

These pillars, combined with our unique organizational culture, values and vision, create a robust infrastructure for sustained profitability even in the volatile business environment faced by all shipping companies and have enabled us to achieve performance at or near the peak of the industry over the last several years.

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