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.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said it is seeking to make speed limiting devices a requirement on all newly manufactured trucks with a gross vehicle rating of more than 26,000 pounds.
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Ocean carriers MOL, NYK and “K” Line all reported losses in their container segments and lower revenues year-over-year for the first fiscal quarter, which ended June 30.
Ninety-five percent of hides produced in the United States are shipped in containers to leather producers, primarily in the Far East, but also other countries around the world.
The U.S.-based marine transportation company, which has offices in Mobile, New York, Tampa and Shanghai, and its subsidiaries, have filed for Chapter 11 relief in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.