The German ocean carrier is citing benefits from its planned merger with United Arab Shipping Company, but Reuters has reported a "snag" in those plans.
The freight rate marketplace and management software provider's venture capital investment has now topped $50 million as it seeks to digitize the freight rate environment.
The Seattle-based e-commerce giant’s acquisition of SOUQ.com, the largest online retail and marketplace platform in the Arab world, is expected to close some time in 2017.
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Major container ports in the United States handled an “unusually high” 1.67 million TEUs in January 2017, up 12.5 percent from the previous year, according to the Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
Ocean carriers entering the market in 2010 and 2011 had a tough time, but SM Line said it believes it is timing its entrance into the transpacific market well, noting how freight rates are improving.
Global investment management firm Arcapita said the transaction, together with the eight warehousing facilities it acquired last year in the Al Quoz Industrial Area of Dubai, is bringing the value of its UAE logistics portfolio to $250 million.