United States gross domestic product increased just 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017, down from from a 2.1 percent growth rate the previous quarter and the slowest in three years, according to the “advance” estimate from the Department of Commerce.
The Hong Kong-based ocean carrier's container volumes increased 7 percent year-over-year, while revenues rose 6.4 percent from the corresponding 2016 period.
The Japanese postal, banking and insurance conglomerate now expects to post a net loss of 40 billion yen (U.S. $362.4 million) for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, after taking a 400.3 billion yen writedown on Australian logistics arm Toll Holdings.
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APL said it plans to hike refrigerated container rates globally by $1,500 on Jan. 7.
"Rates are currently at
unsustainable levels, and we face the challenge of escalating
operational costs, which show no signs of abating," the Singapore-based carrier said.
APL's action follows similar decisions to hike reefer rates by other carriers, including Maersk.
In addition to bad weather conditions, rampant overbooking by carriers in the wake of newly restructured vessel sharing alliances is at the root of the delays, according to Nicolas Vittori, overseas network manager at France-based Setcargo.
Experts have attributed the surge in icebergs to unusually strong counter-clockwise winds that are drawing the icebergs south, and possibly from global warming, the Associated Press said.
Saddle Creek Logistics Services adds senior director of business development, while Port of Price Rupert vice-president of commercial and regulatory affairs and general counsel steps down.