Transportation Regulations

Transportation Regulations

In-depth coverage of shipping security, including strategies, new regulations, screening and more.


A collection agency asks about the lack of a “Section 7” on a bill of lading, protecting a shipper from charges on a collect shipment, and wants to know if he can collect from the consignee if payment isn’t made by the shipper.

News & Analysis

29 Jun 2015
Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska wants a study on whether 18- to 20-year-olds should be allowed to drive heavy trucks across state lines, a step trucking concerns short of qualified drivers increasingly support. Current federal rules restrict interstate CDLs to drivers at least 21 years of age.
25 Jun 2015
A bill that would require U.S. ports to provide monthly productivity reports to the federal government cleared a legislative hurdle Thursday. After a failed attempt to abort key provisions in the bill, though, it’s clear lawmakers are divided on the legislation, an effort to avoid a repeat of the crippling congestion that plagued West Coast ports earlier this year.
25 Jun 2015
Shanghai will allow foreign shipping companies registered with the city’s free-trade zone to offer coastal services, the latest sign of the Chinese government effort to reform its state-dominated shipping sector.
24 Jun 2015
United Arab Shipping Co. gained regulatory breathing room Wednesday when the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission unanimously voted to grant the the Qatar-controlled carrier exemptions from filing rules required by it being on the “controlled carrier” list.
24 Jun 2015
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is moving to force ocean carriers to provide data and information for monitoring a FMC-authorized agreement formed to attack West Coast port congestion.
23 Jun 2015
A veteran transportation attorney who remembers fondly the days when the Interstate Commerce Commission issued meaningful regulations, told transportation executives Monday not to expect such fact-based rulings today from the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
18 Jun 2015
U.S, European and Chinese maritime regulators on Thursday agreed to work together to keep a sharper eye on massive shipping alliances.
11 Jun 2015
Nearly 100 shipping and trade associations urged the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to prohibit late fees for containers and chassis that can’t be picked up or delivered on time because of port congestion.
10 Jun 2015
U.S. railcar shippers Wednesday welcomed a new report advocating for an overhaul of the the country’s freight rail regulations — sweeping reforms that are well beyond the purview of even the country’s federal rail regulatory agency.
05 Jun 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday said changes to federal limits on truck sizes and weights shouldn’t be considered because data limitations in its own study are “so profound.”