Helen Delich Bentley, who represented Maryland's 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985-1995 and served on the Federal Maritime Commission from 1969-1975, reported her health has improved.
The London-based shipping consultant reported that OOCL of Japan was the most reliable container shipping carrier in May, with an on-time performance score of 81.1 percent.
An American Shipper poll of shippers and forwarders revealed that nearly 90 percent believe at least some cargo will be delayed by the verified gross mass rule that went into effect globally today.
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The agricultural export group, which has been a critic of the container weight regulation implementation process, praised South Carolina Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome for suggesting the use of port scales to obtain verified gross mass.
South Korean ocean carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine signed a charter rate negotiation agreement with five containership owners for a charter rate reduction of about 20 percent.
Many East Coast ports reported a decline in loaded container volumes during the month, reflecting the fact that the overall container trade is tepid, South Carolina Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome explained.