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There appears to have been some improvement in vessel waiting times, but the Panama Canal Authority announced on Sunday it will take additional steps in an attempt to to clear the backlog of ships at the Central American waterway.
French ocean carrier CMA CGM and its subsidiary lines Cheng Lie Navigation, ANL and Delmas will join Hanjin's KPI service, which operates between Korea, China, Singapore and Indonesia.
The South Korean ocean carrier reported operating profits in its container division fell over 73 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2015 despite volume growth of nearly 4 percent thanks to weak freight rates caused by overcapacity.
Industry groups said they are willing to work with the port to speed cargo through POLB, but expressed concern about how the plan might affect shippers, who want to pick up containers faster but say getting chassis and trucking capacity can be difficult.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said at the conclusion of the JCCT meeting Monday that China indicated it will review 11 biotechnology applications and continue the dialogue on U.S. beef.
Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company, the only non-carrier affiliated terminal, saw its volumes double to 22,225 TEUs, the largest percentage gain among the three container terminals at the South Florida port.