Meanwhile, the parcel giant and third-party logistics provider also announced plans to offer Saturday delivery options in large metropolitan areas in the U.S. and began testing a residential drone delivery system.
The Waco, Texas-based less-than-truckload common carrier’s purchase of certain assets of Wilson Trucking expands Central Freight Lines’ reach into the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico, the company said in a statement.
The largest cargo gateway on the U.S. East Coast handled 4.56 million TEUs of loaded containers for the full year, a 1 percent decline from 2015 levels, according to recent data from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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On a bright note, the port authority said it will be using a $1.6 million grant awarded by the U.S. Maritime Administration to improve the barge program that transports containers between Red Hook in Brooklyn and Port Newark.
Based on trends from the last two years, growth in containership capacity will continue to outpace demand in the next few years despite record ship scrapping so far in 2016, according to a recent report from the Boston Consulting Group.
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.