The United States exported 794,537 net tons of steel in April, a 2.5 percent increase from March, but a year-over-year drop of nearly 6 percent.
The 9,742-TEU containership COSCO Shipping Panama began its historic passage through the expanded waterway, construction of which began back in 2007, Sunday morning.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into how delays at ports and other loading and unloading facilities may be affecting driver compliance with hours-of-service rules designed to increase safety.
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An American Shipper report released Tuesday found that nearly three-quarters of shippers and forwarders believe they will have containers held when the new verified gross mass mandate kicks in July 1.
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.
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero said one of the items that has been on his agenda since becoming chairman in 2013 is to have a better funded and better resourced Federal Maritime Commission.