Richard Melson

November 2005

Journal of Commerce

Horizon Lines to hike freight rates Largest Jones Act carrier will file a general rate increase with the Surface Transportation Board to raise its ocean freight rates for the company's Hawaii service, effective Jan. 2. Virginia ports ask $600M for new terminal Ports authority says it expects it will be able to fund more than 60 percent of the $2.4 billion cost to build a fourth container terminal in Portsmouth. European Union won't up WTO farm offer EU offers no further concessions on opening its agricultural markets, a key obstacle that could scuttle a global trade deal during the summit of ministers in Hong Kong in December.

International airfreight growth slows Traffic rose only 2.6 percent over the first ten months of 2005, well below the 13.4 percent growth of a year ago. U.S. wins Mexico rice challenge at WTO Appellate Body upholds a U.S. challenge of Mexico's antidumping duties on American long-grain white rice. EU proposes new banana tariffs New plan aimed at resolving a longstanding dispute over access to the European market.

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DP World picks up three India terminals

P&O buy makes Dubai Ports World India's leading container terminal operator.

Dockworkers threaten Nigeria port strike

Employers get a seven-day deadline to pony up back

pay or face crippling walkout at Lagos, other ocean hubs.

Konecranes doubles China capacity

Finland crane maker inaugurates its second factory in China,

doubling its current production output.

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