Regulation & Policy

An Asia food inspection specialist has highlighted the enormous task facing China in improving its quality controls as the fragmented food production industry regularly generates high profile scandals

A free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia and Japan came into effect on Jan. 15, granting virtually all Australian exports preferential or duty free access to the giant Japanese market.

A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. House members are pushing back against a recently filed amendment to repeal requirements that domestic waterborne cargo be shipped in U.S.-flag ships owned, built and operated by Americans.

California’s roadways and freeways are in desperate need of repair or expansion, so the trucking industry is willing to examine a variety of funding mechanisms that will raise billions of dollars to address the problem immediately.

ag shipment at New Mexico border crossing, inspections
U.S. agriculture shippers are welcoming Washington’s recent decision to finally open up the border to more Mexican trucking companies as the move will end retaliatory tariffs on their products and will help them find truck capacity.

For years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been urging Congress and the White House to raise the federal fuels tax to help maintain and expand aging highways and bridges. For years, Congress and the White House have said no. It’s time to try and try again, the head of the largest U.S. business lobbying group said Jan. 14.

Twenty-five years after a consent decree settling a federal racketeering lawsuit reshaped the Teamsters union, the government agreed to phase out direct oversight of union affairs.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue urges action on trade, technology, energy and infrastructure to create jobs, economic growth.
The American business climate is “improving” and will continue to improve in 2015 as the U.S. economy grows at a faster pace, but it’s not time for a “victory lap,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said.

Giving Mexican carriers U.S. authority may not solve the chronic equipment imbalance and capacity problems at the U.S.-Mexican border, a logistics official says.

The Chinese government said it will ban imports of U.S. poultry and egg products because of recent detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza in backyard poultry and wild birds in the Pacific Northwest.