The freight transportation analyst said its Shippers Conditions Index is at its highest sustained level since 2011, but conditions for shippers should reverse in 2017, as fuel prices increase and regulatory drag tightens capacity.
The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union last week could have implications for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the U.S. and EU, as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to experts at the Stimson Center.
The struggling South Korean shipping line plans to return 20 containerships and 18 bulk vessels when their charters expire this year and next as the latest step in its cost cutting and restructuring efforts.
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However, the International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee said there should be no delay in the implementation of the verified gross mass rule.
The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index rose 9.8 percent since last week to a reading of 577.81, as rates from Shanghai to both Northwest Europe and the Mediterranean jumped 36.6 percent and 21.8 percent, respectively.
The agricultural export group, which has been a critic of the container weight regulation implementation process, praised South Carolina Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome for suggesting the use of port scales to obtain verified gross mass.