COSCO may make a bid of more than $4 billion for Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line, according to various media reports.
The deployment of ultra-large containerships has not only increased average vessel size on key east west trades, but has accelerated the consolidation of carriers into vessel sharing agreements and alliances.
The container freight market is strengthening as carriers begin some 2017 negotiations, and Drewry said some shippers could see contract rates rise 20-40 percent in worst case scenarios.
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Although free trade deals can cause short-term job losses, the long-term economic gains far outweigh the costs.
Jon Ross, a former American Shipper editor who is an expert on the air cargo industry, pointed out how various market fundamentals, along with UPS’ Boeing order, echo the general consensus that the air cargo market is about to pick back up.
The World Trade Organization has found one of seven separate Boeing tax incentives identified by the European Union to qualify as subsidies since it is contingent on the use of domestic goods over imported ones, according to a statement from the WTO.