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French ocean carrier CMA CGM issued general rate increases on various trades.
A tie-up between Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines, parent of liner company APL, and CMA CGM of France would combine the third and thirteen largest container carriers worldwide.
Industry groups said they are willing to work with the port to speed cargo through POLB, but expressed concern about how the plan might affect shippers, who want to pick up containers faster but say getting chassis and trucking capacity can be difficult.
Consumers continue to migrate to mobile devices to make purchases, with mobile devices accounting for 36 percent of Black Friday sales, according to Custora, a company that provides predictive analytics for e-commerce.
Net income at the Israeli ocean carrier improved vastly compared to loss of $63 million in the third quarter of 2014 despite a 12 percent year-over-year reduction in total revenues.
Rates from Shanghai to Northwest Europe and the Mediterranean skyrocketed, while rates to the United States inched up slightly from last week.