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The Commerce Department said U.S. exports of goods and services decreased to $186.2 billion in February from $189.2 billion in January.
Short-term minimums are designed as a supplement to service contract rates recommended by members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement last October.
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has received 25 ocean transportation intermediary license applications and changes for review.
A strike could come as soon as Monday, according to a statement from Teamster affiliate Justice for Port Truck Drivers.
Carriers should not be allowed to profit from congestion for which they are at least partially responsible, says agriculture group.
The 10-ship loop will call in South China, Vietnam, Colombo, New York, Savannah and Norfolk, and is designed to provide fast transit from Asia to New York.