The Mississippi ports signed cooperative agreements with the Cuban government in Havana earlier this week despite uncertainty surrounding U.S. relations with the Communist Caribbean island, according to a report from Reuters news service.
The seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index grew 2.9 percent compared with the previous month to a reading of 138.8, following a revised 4.3 percent decline in December, according to the American Trucking Associations.
Shipment volumes for the month fell 6.4 percent from December due to “normal seasonality," but were up 3.2 percent compared with the same 2016 period, the second year-over-year increase in as many months, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report.
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Starting next week, the terminal will be the first of six facilities within the Port of New York and New Jersey to roll out the port authority's new Truck Management System.
Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca Dye said the reduction from four to three major container shipping alliances should decrease rates on the transpacific trade, but the decline could be offset by upward rate pressure due to expected mergers.
As many as 100 more Panamax vessels - containerships with a capacity of 4,000-5,000 TEUs - need to be scrapped before owners see any significant increase in demand and charter rates, according to the latest weekly report from industry analyst Alphaliner.