CMA CGM Container Tracking

Track up to 20 CMA CGM container shipments for free

What are the best tools for CMA CGM track and trace?

When it comes to CMA CGM tracking, you have various options—from relying on spreadsheets provided by your freight forwarder or manually checking CMA CGM's online cargo tracking portal to utilizing advanced unified visibility solutions that offer real-time insights into your supply chain.

Relying solely on spreadsheets from your forwarder can be limiting because of the risk of outdated data. Similarly, carrier-specific portals may not be optimal for managing shipments across different carriers and forwarders or for setting customized notifications to efficiently handle disruptions. Cargo tracking solutions like Beacon enhance the CMA CGM track and trace experience by consolidating all shipment information—whether ocean, air, or road—into a single platform. This allows for personalized notifications for exceptions, analysis of historical tracking milestones, and optimization of lead times to enhance overall supply chain performance.


CMA CGM, a leading global shipping and logistics company, was founded in Marseille, France in 1978 by Jacques Saadé. CMA CGM rapidly expanded its fleet and network to become the third largest container shipping company in the world. Today, CMA CGM is still headquartered in Marseille and is owned by the Saadé family, with Rodolphe Saadé serving as the current Chairman and CEO.

CMA CGM Cargo Tracking FAQs

What is the CMA CGM SCAC code?

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC code) for CMA CGM is "CMDU."

What CMA CGMA tracking milestones does Beacon provide?

Beacon provides a wide range of container tracking information for CMA CGM shipments. Key milestones include, but are not limited to: Gate in Full, Loaded at POL, Departure from POL, Arrival at POD, Discharged at POD and Gate out Full. Estimated dates and times are available for container Arrival at POD. Additional milestones allow you to track transshipments through intermediary ports. Information about the ports your containers are traveling to and vessels they are on are also available. 

What information do I need to track my CMA CGM container?

To track your CMA CGM container, you typically need at least one of the following pieces of information: container number (typically a combination of letters and numbers), booking number, Bill of Lading number, ship name or vessel number.

Does CMA CGM provide real-time tracking updates?

Yes, CMA CGM provides real-time tracking updates for containers and shipments. You can use their online tracking portal to input your container number, booking number, or bill of lading number and receive immediate updates on your shipment's status and location. You can also use specialized supply chain visibility solutions like Beacon that automatically collect data from CMA CGM and other carriers so you can see every shipment in a single portal. 

What should I do if my CMA CGM shipment shows no tracking updates?

If your CMA CGM shipment shows no updates, double check your tracking details are correct, check back at a later time or contact your forwarder or CMA CGM's customer service for assistance.

What do different tracking statuses like "In Transit" or "Customs Clearance" mean for my CMA CGM shipment?

Tracking statuses such as "In Transit" indicate that your CMA CGM shipment is currently moving between locations or ports. "Customs Clearance" means your shipment is undergoing customs processing, which is a necessary step for international shipments to enter or exit a country.