The German ocean carrier’s shareholders of Friday approved all items on the agenda for the annual meeting, most notably including the approval of new authorized share capital, which will be used toward the merger with UASC.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the nation's agricultural trade surplus is also expected to increase to $19.5 billion for fiscal year 2017, up 40 percent from $13.9 billion for fiscal year 2016.
With 13 of the top 20 container lines reporting combined losses of $2.5 billion in the first half alone, industry losses will likely range from $8 billion to $10 billion for the full year, according to Lars Jensen, CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting.
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The U.S. gross domestic product increased 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the “advance” estimate from the Department of Commerce, following a revised increase of just 0.8 percent in the first quarter.
Year-to-date volumes on the St. Lawrence Seaway have been hindered by the lack of iron ore and coal, but international traffic continues to be well above the five-year average, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Administrator Betty Sutton said.
Looking ahead, the American Institute for International Steel said that exports do not seem likely to substantially increase anytime soon.