The Omaha, Neb.-based Class I railway posted a net income of $4.2 billion for 2016, an 11 percent decline from 2015.
Shipment volumes for the month slid 1.2 percent from November, but were up 3.5 percent compared with the same 2015 period following a 0.5 percent year-over-year decrease the previous month, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report.
The U.S. requested a trade enforcement action against Canada in the World Trade Organization, alleging that British Columbia discriminates against U.S. and other imported wines by allowing only its own province’s wines to be sold on grocery store shelves.
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Global trade in 2016 was sluggish, as import volumes and global container throughput dipped, but the negligible dip in global trade was accompanied by radical shifts in freight pricing.
Danish ocean carrier Maersk Line said the acquisition of Hamburg Süd would boost its share of the world container fleet from 15.7 percent to 18.6 percent, and increase its capacity from 3.14 million TEUs to 3.76 million TEUs.
The U.S. maritime regulator granted the five-member ocean carrier alliance approval to take effect Dec. 19.