Regulation & Policy

The Ocean Alliance will get a new 45-day review period from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission after it submits responses to FMC queries.

U.S. maritime regulators’ decision to pause their review of the Ocean Alliance to pose questions to members may be about more than just concerns with collective contracting of third-parties


Two different parts of the federal government, the Commerce Department and Department of Transportation, are looking into the issue of productivity at U.S. ports.
The U.S. federal government, with the help of shippers and others, is trying to come to grips with how to improve port productivity.

Containers from more than 30 countries and the U.S. that have recorded cases of the Zika virus are now subject to extra scrutiny from Chinese regulators.
Many U.S. exporters are still confused about how to meet Chinese rules aimed at preventing the spread of the Zika virus.

It could be some time before Cuban container cranes, such as these pictured in Havana, start lifting more volumes bound for international markets.
Commercial shipping's opportunities to do business with Cuba are unlikely to significantly improve until at least February 2018.

Shippers say changes to the motor carrier bill of lading have shifted the burden of proof for negligence from motor carriers to shippers.
Two shipper groups are protesting changes to the uniform bill of lading, but does the U.S. Surface Transportation Board have the authority to intervene?

Dockworkers pose with their Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, which were mandated by Congress in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
U.S. marine terminals and vessels handling dangerous bulk goods or carrying more than 1,000 passengers have been given a two-year deadline to electronically verify Transportation Worker Identification Credentials.

Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer is pushing ahead with initiatives to boost trade following the likely impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's new funding will be used to fund road upgrades that will help address truck bottlenecks that can weigh on productivity at India's leading port.
JNPT is the first major, or public, port to take advantage of a new policy under the Sagar Mala infrastructure development program.

The pilot program was part of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and will ideally have roughly 200 members.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to test whether some under 21-year-old truck drivers are as safe as their older counterparts.

Strikes and slowdowns by Brazilian customs officers are causing chaos and losses for shippers and shipping lines.