Chief Executive Officer Ted Fick resigned earlier this month amid a Washington State Auditor's Office investigation into an alleged $4.7 million in potentially illegal payouts to port employees.
The container lines were fined a total of 2.39 million Chinese yuan renminbi (U.S. $347,212) for failing to record or recording inaccurate data on their freight rates.
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Japan's three largest ocean carriers said Monday in Tokyo they will merge their container operations in mid-2017 to form what would be the sixth largest line, continuing a recent trend of industry consolidation.
A coalition of 25 business groups has asked the Federal Maritime Commission to address fees imposed when shippers can't pick-up and return cargo, containers and chassis for reasons beyond their control.
Yang Ming responded by saying it has unwavering support of Taiwan’s government and has "proactively reorganized internally to effectively reduce its operating costs."