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Under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, importers must verify foreign suppliers are producing food in a manner consistent with U.S. safety standards and they are achieving the same level of food safety as domestic farms and food factories.
The U.S. exported 79,474 metric tons of beef in September, a 21 percent drop from September 2014, but pork export volumes rose 6 percent year-over-year to 172,012 metric tons.
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has received eight ocean transportation intermediary license applications and changes for review.
Consumers continue to migrate to mobile devices to make purchases, with mobile devices accounting for 36 percent of Black Friday sales, according to Custora, a company that provides predictive analytics for e-commerce.
Net income at the Israeli ocean carrier improved vastly compared to loss of $63 million in the third quarter of 2014 despite a 12 percent year-over-year reduction in total revenues.
Rates from Shanghai to Northwest Europe and the Mediterranean skyrocketed, while rates to the United States inched up slightly from last week.