The US Congress is taking its summer break. Its August recess is that wonderful time of year that gives lawmakers time to reflect, to reconnect with their constituents or to travel to faraway places such as Taipei to stir up a hornet’s nest that puts the whole world on edge.

For shipping, perhaps it has been a moment to breathe a sigh of relief after Congress, typically irreconcilably divided, found the one thing it could agree on: turning the screws on the container liner operators that President Joe Biden wanted to take a “pop” at.