The Georgia Ports Authority handled 3 million tons of cargo in January, with bulk cargo at the Port of Brunswick more than doubling January 2016 figures.
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition, National Industrial Transportation League and National Retail Federation expressed concerns over a threatened work stoppage at East and Gulf Coast ports by members of the International Longshoremen's Association.
Waymo, the automated vehicle subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, has filed a lawsuit against Uber, alleging intellectual property theft and patent infringement by the co-founder of its recently purchased self-driving technology provider Otto.
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Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca Dye said the reduction from four to three major container shipping alliances should decrease rates on the transpacific trade, but the decline could be offset by upward rate pressure due to expected mergers.
Drewry research conducted on behalf of software provider CargoSphere found that forwarders spend about $500 million a year on ocean freight rate acquisition and management.
Prior to going bankrupt, Hanjin Shipping had chartered five, 3,400-TEU vessels and eight, 10,100-TEU vessels from Danaos.