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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 shipping and logistics provider will offer a less-than-container-load service from Zhengzhou, China to Hamburg, Germany.
Neptune Orient Lines, parent of ocean carrier APL, is "totally focused" on returning the liner business to profitability, NOL CEO Ng Yat Chung said during a call with securities analysts.
The second quarter financial results of ocean carriers NYK, MOL and "K" Line reflected a weak Asia-Europe market and strong supply pressure.
The U.S. Senate also passed a long-term highway bill that will be debated by the House after the summer break.
The European Commission will now conduct an in-depth analysis under the EU's merger regulations before coming to a decision on FedEx's $4.8 billion offer to buy TNT.