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The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement's 15 members plan a $1,200-per-FEU rate hike on Asia-U.S. West Coast trade Jan. 1 and want a minimum rate of $1,700 per FEU to the U.S. West Coast in 2016-17 contracts.
Since last week, rates from Shanghai to Northwest Europe and the Mediterranean increased by 328 percent and 298 percent, respectively.
The Mid-Atlantic port continues to handle much more cargo than a year ago, in part due to cargo diversion from the West Coast.
With world leaders convening in Paris for global talks on how to slow climate change, the shipping industry says it is doing its part and ocean carriers say more efforts are underway to lower carbon dioxide output from vessels.
Jamaica will use SOGET's port community system to provide a single platform for submission of key logistics and compliance data as the country looks to grow its container volumes after the completion of the Panama Canal expansion.
While some containers will flow to Portland, others will be loaded on trains in Boardman, Oregon for shipment through Seattle and Tacoma.