BLOOMBERG: Panama Canal Fever Sweeps Globe Again as New Era in Trade Nears

05/25/2016

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May 25th, 2016 | By: Alex Nussbaum & Naureen Malik

A century after transforming global markets, the Panama Canal is about to redraw world trade once again.

Nine years of construction work, at a cost of more than $5 billion, have equipped the canal with a third set of locks and deeper navigation channels, crucial improvements that will double the isthmus’s capacity for carrying cargo between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

When the new locks slide open to receive traffic for the first time in late June, the reverberations will be felt from Asian gas terminals to Great Plains farms and ports from Miami to Long Beach to Santiago.

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