The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that tariff rates are generally more expensive than contract rates, but are usually more suitable for shippers with infrequent or small volume shipments.
A coalition of 25 business groups has asked the Federal Maritime Commission to address fees imposed when shippers can't pick-up and return cargo, containers and chassis for reasons beyond their control.
A merger of Yang Ming, which is 33 percent owned by the government, with a private company such as Evergreen Line, would be difficult to achieve, contends Chen Ou-po, a member of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
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Perry Bourne, director of international transportation and supply chain management at Tyson Foods, is calling on terminals to help mitigate the impact of big ships on cargo flows.
Five leading shipowner groups have warned that unrealistic demands for carbon dioxide reductions could result in a shift toward less energy efficient transport modes.