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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The shipping advocacy group adopted the goal of ending container shipping charges, which it said can sometimes exceed the contracted price for shipments making the management of total shipping costs unpredictable for cargo owners.
The Panama Canal Authority said it is confident in the process it uses to move ships through the new locks at the canal, following an accident last week that damaged the Xin Fei Zhou after it made contact with one of the walls at the Agua Clara Locks.
The London-based shipping research and consulting firm said carriers can’t cut costs fast enough in an industry where revenues may be $50 billion below what they were in 2014.