Misdeclaration of cargo and weight by shippers whether unintentional or otherwise has been part of container shipping since its beginning. And the problem is only growing because containers carry a greater percentage of global trade, ships are getting much bigger, and competitive pressures throughout the system often lead players to turn a blind eye to safety. The two fundamental challenges are ensuring the weight and the description of cargo are accurate.
News & Analysis
24 Jul 2015
Trucking in the U.S. was deregulated, in economic terms, in the 1980s and 1990s. When it comes to safety, however, trucking is more regulated now than it has ever been. Truck safety rules are reshaping how trucking companies operate and serve shippers, and carriers, drivers and shippers alike will face more regulation soon.
23 Jul 2015
The 2M shipping alliance between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. can expand its vessel-sharing agreement on U.S. trade lanes connecting to Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia after a 45-day review expired Thursday without U.S. Federal Maritime Commission action.
16 Jul 2015
Port of Los Angeles staff is recommending that the port authority embark upon a five-year action plan to advance the development of zero-emission technologies for use in marine terminal yard tractors and for short-haul drayage to off-dock facilities such as intermodal rail yards.
16 Jul 2015
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is testing the waters in Iran as it appears more likely United Nations sanctions will be lifted as part of a new nuclear agreement between the West and the pariah state.
14 Jul 2015
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is considering formation of an industry advisory council to discuss port congestion, and said a starting point might be demurrage and per-diem detention fees.
11 Jul 2015
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has issued an order forcing ocean carriers to provide critical data and information needed to monitor a FMC-authorized agreement formed to fight West Coast port congestion. The agency is also putting on hold an attempt to expand the discussion agreement, known as the Pacific Ports Operational Improvement Agreement.
10 Jul 2015
A U.S. district court has ruled that federal law precludes Massachusetts from regulating transportation rates, routes and services by requiring express-delivery drivers to be company employees.
06 Jul 2015
A U.S. Department of Transportation study couldn’t conclude whether heavier trucks impact highway safety, but it did find they would not significantly impact intermodal conversions.
06 Jul 2015
Italy’s port sector is sinking in bureaucracy, and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is doing something to keep it af
30 Jun 2015
In exactly one year new global regulations requiring every packed container have a verified container weight will go into effect, and shippers need to be prepared, an industry trade group warns.