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"The ultimate customer of the world’s cargo shipping industry deserves a voice at the table of the regulatory bodies deciding its future," GSF Chairman Robert Ballantyne said in the forum's annual report.
Ocean carriers Maersk Line, CMA CGM, UASC, MOL, CSCL and "K" Line announced rate increases.
The cost of picking up containers during the day will rise in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to the West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement.
The second quarter financial results of ocean carriers NYK, MOL and "K" Line reflected a weak Asia-Europe market and strong supply pressure.
The U.S. Senate also passed a long-term highway bill that will be debated by the House after the summer break.
The European Commission will now conduct an in-depth analysis under the EU's merger regulations before coming to a decision on FedEx's $4.8 billion offer to buy TNT.