Regulation & Policy

US Customs and Border Protection has given the Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval pilot program a thumbs up.
US importers stand to see faster clearance of their containers as Customs and Border Protection expands a pilot providing pre-clearance of shipments from four ports to every port in the country.

An effort to get approval for heavier trucks on Texan roadways failed in the legislature in 2015, but a second effort is now underway.
A heavyweight fight is shaping up in the Texas Legislature over proposals to allow trucks to carry heavier loads over the state’s highways.

Russia’s competition watchdog will split the denomination of tariffs for stevedoring into the local ruble and the US dollar.

The US Department of Transportation laid down guidelines this week for manufacturers of automated vehicles that provide a clearer path forward for autonomous trucks.

The US Federal Maritime Commission has had some success in helping cargo interests minimize costs and retrieve cargo stranded by Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy.

Although the rate of decline in Russia’s container trade slows, a dispute over pricing for container-handling services is clouding the medium- and long-term outlook for the trade.

The US Senate voted Wednesday to end debate on the Water Resources Development Act, setting up final passage for the legislation.

McAllister tugs in New York
A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday denied a motion by several fuel and towing companies to lift the prohibition on them seizing ships operated by Hanjin Shipping.

It is still up for debate what impact the widespread use of electronic logging devices by US truckers will have on capacity.
A Transplace survey of 2,000 carriers shows smaller fleets lagging their larger counterparts when it comes to adopting electronic logging, though about half the companies queried already had ELDs in place.

Container lines agreed to get rid of a good deal of extra charges levies on top of base freight rates in India, but would not agree to stop charging for inland haulage and terminal handling.
India’s maritime regulator is targeting ocean carrier surcharge.