The Mississippi ports signed cooperative agreements with the Cuban government in Havana earlier this week despite uncertainty surrounding U.S. relations with the Communist Caribbean island, according to a report from Reuters news service.
The seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index grew 2.9 percent compared with the previous month to a reading of 138.8, following a revised 4.3 percent decline in December, according to the American Trucking Associations.
Shipment volumes for the month fell 6.4 percent from December due to “normal seasonality," but were up 3.2 percent compared with the same 2016 period, the second year-over-year increase in as many months, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report.
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The Danish ocean carrier’s plan to acquire Hamburg Süd in 2017 caps a landmark year for consolidation in the container shipping industry, noted Mario Cordero, the chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission.
The Israeli container carrier told American Shipper Friday it is rejecting the rumor that it has intentions to sell its global shipping operations to instead become a regional Mediterranean carrier.
The South Korean liner carrier’s bankruptcy, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of shipments around the world being delayed, was the biggest in the container shipping industry since the 1986 bankruptcy of U.S. Lines.