United States gross domestic product increased 1.2 percent in second quarter 2016, according to the “advance” estimate from the Department of Commerce, following a revised increase of just 0.8 percent in the first quarter.
Rates from Shanghai to Northwest Europe, which hold a 20 percent weight on the overall index, skyrocketed 57.8 percent since last week, from $713 per TEU to $1,125 per TEU.
The Dubai-based port terminal operator signed a 30-year lease with Port Saint John on the East Coast of Canada to operate its West Side Container Terminal, DP World and port officials said in a joint statement Thursday.
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Claudio Bozzo, chief operating officer of liner carrier Mediterranean Shipping Company, joins the World Shipping Council board.
After a weak first quarter in 2016, east-west capacity rebounded slightly in advance of the traditional summer peak season, but overcapacity, decreased volumes and low rates continued to drive carriers into the ever-changing alliance game.
Both carriers have refuted analyst reports that industry leader Maersk Line intends not just to bring Hyundai Merchant Marine into the 2M Alliance it shares with MSC, but to merge with or buy the struggling South Korean line.