Regulation & Policy

The global regulatory environment surrounding international trade has never been more difficult — and risky — to manage. From international trade law to customs regulations, trade compliance has risen to the top of the priority list among global importers and exporters. In the age of free trade agreements that link different customs and cultures, the challenges will only mount in the years ahead.

News & Analysis

Truck with Project 21 decal.
18 Apr 2014
EL PASO, Texas — The trucks here crossing the border from Juarez, Mexico, with “Project 21” decals are cleared by U.S. and Mexican customs agents faster than those trucks without the sticker, allowing drivers to get their goods from Mexican factories to U.S. customers faster.
18 Apr 2014
U.S. agricultural shippers say requirements by Japan, the European Union, and China for advance submission of cargo documents are creating a trade barrier for U.S. exports of perishable goods.
17 Apr 2014
Kansas City Southern Railway appears confident the Mexican government won’t require it to open up its track to competitors as legislation had threatened last fall.
16 Apr 2014
The Port of Jacksonville is poised to get the congressional go-ahead to deepen its harbor in order to handle larger container ships, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a needed report.
15 Apr 2014
In the brutal war for cargo that is underway in today’s world of powerful shipping alliances, the last thing the Southern California ports want to do is subsidize competitors by helping them pay to deepen their ports, the president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission said yesterday.
14 Apr 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. — The severe capacity constraints shippers experienced on U.S. roadways in the first quarter will become the norm unless the federal government acts to offset the impact of new regulations with productivity-enhancing measures.
11 Apr 2014
A national standard of care is needed to give freight brokers guidelines on how to use federal CSA safety data when contracting carriers, the Transportation Intermediaries Association says.
U.S. Capitol
11 Apr 2014
Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and David Vitter, R-La., are calling for a six-year transportation bill that would maintain current spending levels but adjust for inflation, while drawing funding from tax reform — not higher fuels taxes.
10 Apr 2014
Bulk rail shippers ranging from agriculture to coal producers told the U.S. Surface Transportation Board today that poor rail service must be solved before their business suffers even more.
10 Apr 2014
U.S. shippers in the coming weeks will engage in a full-court press on Capitol Hill and at the White House to voice the importance of preventing labor disruption at West Coast ports as the expiration of the current coastwise longshore agreement approaches.
10 Apr 2014
The Senate yesterday confirmed President Obama’s nomination to the Surface Transportation Board, thrusting Debra Miller into the rail regulatory agency as it grapples with a myriad of issues.

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Commentary

Congress again will consider an infrastructure fund, this time supported by a 1 percent tax on freight charges. Why shippers shouldn’t lose sleep about it becoming law.

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