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The ESC's support for the merger stands in sharp contrast to its opposition to a proposed merger proposed between UPS and TNT in 2012.
The Federal Maritime Commission said its detailed monitoring of the Maersk-MSC alliance in the east-west liner trades has "raised no red flags."
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association ratified a new labor contract in May, signaling an end to the painful and expensive West Coast port congestion experienced in Q1 2015.
Meanwhile, drayage drivers at Pacific 9 Transportation continue their strike in an attempt to be reclassified as employee drivers.
The future of the Export-Import Bank is still in doubt because it depends on passage of a long-term transportation bill that is expected to pass the Senate, but which faces strong opposition in the House.
Roadrunner's CEO Mark DiBlasi said the purchase of Stagecoach Cartage will expand its trucking network in the Southwest U.S. and along the Mexican border.