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Free-trade supporters and opponents alike have eagerly waited for the Trans-Pacific Partnership document, which includes detailed charts showing negotiated reductions in tariff rates by commodity and when they go into effect, to be made publicly available.
Combined with the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement signed last month, the Chinese policy could help "ignite new trade," according to Federal Maritime Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky.
Ocean carriers Maersk Line and Wan Hai issued general rate increases.
The U.S. Gulf port also expects to benefit from continuing population migration to Texas and the expansion of Panama Canal, which is scheduled to be completed in April 2016.
Meanwhile, a Federal Aviation Administration task force released its recommendations regarding a registration program for unmanned aircraft systems that will affect the use of drones in both commercial and recreational settings.
Box volumes at the largest U.S. East Coast port were up 11 percent year-over-year in October, driven primarily by a 9.8 percent spike in loaded import containers.