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Rates on routes from Shanghai to the United States, on the other hand, rebounded from last week, according to estimates from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange.
Dubai-based Mercator, majority owned by the private equity group Warburg Pincus, plans to link Catapult's rate and quote management solutions with its own air cargo-focused technology.
Shanghai-based shipping company Min Sheng Lines says it has ambitions for additional services as well.
Transportation and port companies need to cooperate more, members of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition said at their annual meeting in San Francisco.
Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific railways have seen volumes drop 4 percent, 3 percent and 6 percent, respectively, so far in the second quarter.
The ever-increasing size of containerships has led a decrease in average number of containers moved per hour in port and, in turn, to increased vessel delays, according to a new JOC Port Productivity study from IHS Inc.