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The Federal Maritime Commission found the Northwest Seaport Alliance is not likely to reduce competition or result in an unreasonable increase in cost or reduction in service.
The amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill were added at the behest of senators from farm states with constituents who have an interest in expanding agricultural exports to the island nation.
Neptune Orient Line, the parent company of ocean carrier APL, said it remains focused on its core liner business.
The second quarter financial results of ocean carriers NYK, MOL and "K" Line reflected a weak Asia-Europe market and strong supply pressure.
The U.S. Senate also passed a long-term highway bill that will be debated by the House after the summer break.
The European Commission will now conduct an in-depth analysis under the EU's merger regulations before coming to a decision on FedEx's $4.8 billion offer to buy TNT.