The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that tariff rates are generally more expensive than contract rates, but are usually more suitable for shippers with infrequent or small volume shipments.
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.
A merger of Yang Ming, which is 33 percent owned by the government, with a private company such as Evergreen Line, would be difficult to achieve, contends Chen Ou-po, a member of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
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The ports of Savannah and Brunswick will be closed for operations Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, as a result of expected severe weather caused by Hurricane Hermine, which was recently upgraded from a tropical storm to a category 1 hurricane.
Carriers may seek to "turn the table" on shippers who drove hard bargains, but an upturn in rates may be short-lived.
Electronics manufacturer Samsung said in court filings that "cargo owners are being held hostage," while Maher Terminals said it "is not required to extend free credit to Hanjin, and should not be forced to."