The German ocean carrier is citing benefits from its planned merger with United Arab Shipping Company, but Reuters has reported a "snag" in those plans.
The freight rate marketplace and management software provider's venture capital investment has now topped $50 million as it seeks to digitize the freight rate environment.
The Seattle-based e-commerce giant’s acquisition of SOUQ.com, the largest online retail and marketplace platform in the Arab world, is expected to close some time in 2017.
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The United States Maritime Alliance, the employer group that negotiates the master contract with the International Longshoremen's Association, called the ILA’s planned work stoppage threat “disturbing.”
Members of the planned ocean carrier alliance – Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, NYK, MOL and “K” Line – said they plan to offer 31 services, utilizing 240 vessels to call over 75 ports.
Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle said SM Line plans on launching a transpacific service and eight intra-Asia services.