The third-party logistics provider’s earnings per share for Q3 2016 fell short of analyst expectations, largely due to net revenue margin pressure as contractual sell rates fell faster than spot buy rates, William Blair Equity Research said.
The port terminal operator arm of the recently merged China COSCO Shipping saw net profits from continuing operations tumble 37.3 percent to $43.9 million in third quarter 2016 despite a 3.3 percent increase in revenues compared with the previous year.
The National Retail Federation, the California Trucking Association Intermodal Conference and the Harbor Trucking Association have proposed a “joint powers authority” to oversee funding of night and weekend terminal operations.
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Investments in new projects are slowing, and Neil Davidson, senior analyst in Drewry’s ports and terminals practice, warned that a sudden rebound in demand could be a problem.
Bigger vessels that can fit through the expanded section of the Panama Canal represent a small portion of the total traffic so far, but the new locks have only been open for less than four months.
Peak season capacity took a major hit in third quarter 2016 as carriers scrambled to replace services interrupted by Hanjin Shipping’s Aug. 31 bankruptcy announcement.