Multi-modal container transport and logistics company Samskip said it expects its Norway business to increase from the current 55,000 TEUs per year to 90,000 TEUs per year due to its acquisition of Euro Container Lines AS.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the nation's agricultural trade surplus is also expected to increase to $19.5 billion for fiscal year 2017, up 40 percent from $13.9 billion for fiscal year 2016.
With 13 of the top 20 container lines reporting combined losses of $2.5 billion in the first half alone, industry losses will likely range from $8 billion to $10 billion for the full year, according to Lars Jensen, CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting.
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Logistics costs for businesses in the United States grew in 2015, while spending actually slowed by nearly half from the 5.1 percent compound average rate over the previous four years and was flat relative to the overall economy.
Ocean carriers MOL, NYK and “K” Line all reported losses in their container segments and lower revenues year-over-year for the first fiscal quarter, which ended June 30.
Year-to-date volumes on the St. Lawrence Seaway have been hindered by the lack of iron ore and coal, but international traffic continues to be well above the five-year average, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Administrator Betty Sutton said.