Regulation & Policy

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection should improve its analysis and circulation of border security data, a new report from the Government Accountability Office says.

Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske at CBP’s 2014 Trade Symposium on his first day on the job on March 7.
The No. 1 commercial issue for U.S. Customs and Border Protection is completing its automated commercial environment and linking ACE with the 46 other government agencies involved in clearing shipments at the border Commissioner Gil Kerlikowkse said Saturday.

U.S. and Mexican shippers and transportation providers in their countries’ trusted trader programs can expect to see faster cargo processing at the shared border, following an agreement between the two nations’ customs agencies that promises to ease shipments of cross-border goods.

Truckers or cargo interests who contend that terminal operators have unlawfully billed them for late retrieval of containers while the ports were congested have the right to file a complaint with the Federal Maritime Commission, according to a commission staff member.

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx used a ceremony highlighting the expansion of Port Newark Container Terminal to put in a plug for an Obama administration proposal to spend $302 billion over the next four years on transport infrastructure.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board is pressuring Canadian Pacific Railway to better explain how it will address service issues.

British Columbia’s Port Metro Vancouver is in the home stretch of implementing its new truck licensing system, which aims to balance the number of registered trucks with the amount of available work in an effort to stabilize port operations.

Staying on top of the evolving regulatory and customs environment was a key areas forwarders and NVOCCs needed to focus on as they expand their business across Asia, delegates at a TPM Asia panel heard today.

U.S. and other foreign companies in China are often challenged by trade practices that are considered unscrupulous and/or illegal elsewhere, says Susan Kohn Ross, an international trade attorney with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles.

The Federal Maritime Commission has collected $503,000 in civil penal