The independent containership owner and manager purchased the vessels for $195.6 million.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration released a report Wednesday, showing that 92 percent of more than $1.3 trillion worth of U.S. goods exported in 2015 were likely affected by foreign technical regulations.
The Arab ocean carrier's shareholders would own 28 percent of the combined company, while the existing shareholders of Hapag-Lloyd would own 72 percent of the new company.
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The Omaha, Neb.-based trucking and logistics company released a second quarter earnings forecast well below analysts’ estimates, blaming sluggish freight demand and higher driver pay for the shortfall.
The struggling South Korean ocean carrier recently removed vessels from two services between Asia and North Europe, according to data from ocean carrier schedule and capacity database BlueWater Reporting.
Logistics costs for U.S. businesses rose 2.6 percent in 2015, while the largest component of logistics costs, transportation, grew only 1.3 percent during the year, according to a report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.