The Houston-based tank barge operator’s net earnings fell 27.8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2017 to $27.5 million.
In segments described as liner or containership operations, NYK, MOL and “K” Line reported a combined loss of 77 billion yen (U.S. $691 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, resulting from historically low freight rates.
United States gross domestic product increased just 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017, down from from a 2.1 percent growth rate the previous quarter and the slowest in three years, according to the “advance” estimate from the Department of Commerce.
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In addition to bad weather conditions, rampant overbooking by carriers in the wake of newly restructured vessel sharing alliances is at the root of the delays, according to Nicolas Vittori, overseas network manager at France-based Setcargo.
Twill, the new digital freight forwarding start-up, will officially be open to new customers from April 10, allowing users to instantly place bookings, manage documentation and track shipments.
President Trump nominated Kevin K. McAleenan to permanently lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is now pending Senate confirmation.