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Singapore finds WMS-DMTS merger anti-competitive

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore issued a provisional Statement of Decision to Wilhelmsen and Drew Marine, finding that the proposed acquisition by WMS of control over DMTS may result in a substantial lessening of market competition for the supply of marine water treatment chemicals in Singapore.

Banks moving towards digital trade operations

Over 60% of banks surveyed in the ICC report Global Trade: Securing Future Growth have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, technology solutions to digitalise their trade finance operations. However, only 9% reported that the solutions implemented have reduced the time and costs in trade finance transactions.

Hong Kong needs reforms amid global shipping competition

Despite being the world’s fifth busiest container port, Hong Kong encounters a keen competition from other maritime clusters, according to a paper released by the Financial Services Development Council. The paper examines Hong Kong’s strengths and weaknesses in this global competition and recommends strategies for growth.

China-US trade war averted

During the visit of the Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Washington for economic and trade negotiations last week, it was announced that China and the US have agreed not to launch a trade war, reaching consensus on economic issues. The potential implications from a dispute between the world’s two biggest trade forces has recently risen concerns for shipping.

Terminal releases containers for a fixed fee after Hanjin bankrupts

Rotterdam based Europe Container Terminal exercised its right of retention on Hanjin containers after the carrier’s bankruptcy in 2016. ECT and Fenex, the Dutch trade association for logistic service providers and forwarders, reached an agreement that the containers will be released upon payment of 500 euros per container.

EU Commission acts in view of US withdrawal from JCPOA

After the US withdrawal from JCPOA, which will reinstate all sanctions that had been previously imposed on Iran, the European Commission took steps to preserve the interests of European companies investing in Iran, on the sidelines of an informal meeting in Sofia, demonstrating the EU’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal.

US ports need $20 billion in rail projects to boost connection

Increasing volumes and a growing population in the US compound the necessity for efficient port connections, the most efficient and speedy of which is rail. However, rail access projects continue to face barriers to completion, according to AAPA, which identifies more than $20 billion in rail access needs in the next decade.

Strong trade growth continues but slows down in Q2, says WTO

The strong rate of trade expansion is likely to continue, while slowing slightly in the second quarter of 2018, according to the WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator released on 17 May. The latest results are in line with the WTO’s most recent trade forecast, which predicted a moderation of merchandise trade volume growth from 4.7% in 2017 to 4.4% in 2018.

South Korean shipbuilding industry steadily recovers

After years of struggling with dwindling orders, the S. Korean shipbuilding industry is starting to show signs of recovery with a steady rise in orders. Busan needs to effectively use marine finance infrastructure and ensure its stronger presence as a marine finance hub city by focusing on changes.

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