Transportation Regulations

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Commentary

One of the basic exceptions to the rule of absolute carrier liability for freight in a carrier’s custody is when loss or damage results from some fault of the shipper beyond the carrier’s control, and it fairly clearly seems to be the case here.  

News & Analysis

07 Dec 2016
The overall number of truck driver hours-of-service violations cited by roadside inspectors dropped in fiscal 2016, but certain types of violations increased.
07 Dec 2016
Maersk Line’s acquisition of Hamburg Sud will likely force it to sell its Brazilian flag operation Mercosul Line, which could open the door to CMA CGM or Mediterranean Shipping Co. to enter the closed Brazilian coastal shipping market.
07 Dec 2016
Global container lines found guilty of cartel practices in the Russian market are seeking a settlement with Russian authorities in an attempt to avoid multi-million dollar fines.
Shippers have incurred heavy costs when their containers have been locked behind terminal gates for reasons outside their control.
07 Dec 2016
A broad range of US shippers, truckers, and transportation intermediaries are asking federal maritime regulators to consider creating a rule to prevent marine terminals and container lines from charging demurrage and detention fees.
05 Dec 2016
A drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse could potentially further reduce the pool of available labor in an industry already battling a shortage of drivers.
01 Dec 2016
As shippers scrutinize carriers’ financial stability ahead of the 2016 to 2017 bidding season, the safeguards could provide those that deal with the THE Alliance some reassurances — and give alliance members a contracting edge.
01 Dec 2016
Indian shippers and stakeholders have a further four-month grace period to be fully compliant with the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, verified gross mass mandate.
30 Nov 2016
The new rule is above and beyond the published average train speeds that shippers and industry analysts have been relegated to rely on for years. Although those figures are an indicator of service reliability, they in no way provide a comprehensive appraisal of rail service.
29 Nov 2016
US Federal Maritime Commission member William Doyle said the FMC should be “very cautious” about allowing container lines to use their alliances’ antitrust immunity to deal collectively with US service providers.
29 Nov 2016
President-elect Trump’s nomination for Department of Transportation chief, Elaine Chao, has a track record of rolling back regulation and a pro-business bent.