The German ocean carrier’s shareholders of Friday approved all items on the agenda for the annual meeting, most notably including the approval of new authorized share capital, which will be used toward the merger with UASC.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the nation's agricultural trade surplus is also expected to increase to $19.5 billion for fiscal year 2017, up 40 percent from $13.9 billion for fiscal year 2016.
With 13 of the top 20 container lines reporting combined losses of $2.5 billion in the first half alone, industry losses will likely range from $8 billion to $10 billion for the full year, according to Lars Jensen, CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting.
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The German ocean carrier said its merger with UASC will create the world's fifth largest container carrier and secure the large ships it needs for the Far East-Europe trade.
The port terminal operator division of China COSCO Shipping Corp. posted net profits attributable to equity shareholders of the company of $171.9 million on revenues of $275 million, year-over-year declines of 8.1 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.
Ninety-five percent of hides produced in the United States are shipped in containers to leather producers, primarily in the Far East, but also other countries around the world.