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"The ultimate customer of the world’s cargo shipping industry deserves a voice at the table of the regulatory bodies deciding its future," GSF Chairman Robert Ballantyne said in the forum's annual report.
Ocean carriers Maersk Line, CMA CGM, UASC, MOL, CSCL and "K" Line announced rate increases.
The cost of picking up containers during the day will rise in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to the West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement.
Meanwhile, drayage drivers at Pacific 9 Transportation continue their strike in an attempt to be reclassified as employee drivers.
The future of the Export-Import Bank is still in doubt because it depends on passage of a long-term transportation bill that is expected to pass the Senate, but which faces strong opposition in the House.
Roadrunner's CEO Mark DiBlasi said the purchase of Stagecoach Cartage will expand its trucking network in the Southwest U.S. and along the Mexican border.