U.S. President Barack Obama held an open forum with young entrepreneurs on the economic benefits of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement yesterday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
However, the International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee said there should be no delay in the implementation of the verified gross mass rule.
South Korean shipping conglomerate Hyundai Merchant Marine, which said it is continuing efforts to stabilize its business, predicts that normalization of its business is only a matter of time.
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The proposed alliance would become a dominant player in the three major east-west trades, beating out total capacity currently offered by the 2M Alliance on those trade lanes, according to an analysis from BlueWater Reporting.
House lawmakers brushed aside calls at a hearing to slow implementation of the Verified Gross Mass rule, while other shippers said compliance should be straightforward.
Meanwhile, a global survey from the London-based Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents finds many countries have failed to take action at national level to ensure the IMO container weight requirement can be met.