The Shanghai Shipping Exchange’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index surged 36.7 percent since last week’s reading to a reading of 752.65, with rates on the Shanghai to Northwest Europe trade jumping 77.4 percent to $1,206 per TEU.
An American Shipper poll of shippers and forwarders revealed that nearly 90 percent believe at least some cargo will be delayed by the verified gross mass rule that went into effect globally today.
The U.S. Commerce and Energy departments have started an industry advisory group, along with their counterparts in Mexico, to make recommendations to strengthen cross-border trade and investment in the energy sector.
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Since a February low, total returns on shares of A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S have climbed 24 percent despite declining oil and freight rates, and as of Tuesday, only four of 29 analysts recommended selling the stock.
The agricultural export group, which has been a critic of the container weight regulation implementation process, praised South Carolina Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome for suggesting the use of port scales to obtain verified gross mass.
Meanwhile, the state of Georgia dedicated a new road connecting the Port of Savannah to I-95, saying it will speed cargo flow and improve safety.