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

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.
02 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S House yesterday unanimously approved legislation aimed at reforming the Federal Maritime Commission and require the Maritime Administration to create a National Maritime Strategy.
01 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON — Following many shippers’ complaints of poor rail service, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board said today it will hear on April 10 from Class I carriers and their customers on what can done to improve service.
01 Apr 2014
Descartes Systems Group has acquired Computer Management USA to expand its software as a service offering for logistics clients, particularly those in the U.S. air freight industry.
01 Apr 2014
Transportation writer Greg Knowler joined the JOC today as senior editor for Asia.
31 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Some U.S. and Canadian railcar shippers could get some pricing relief if efforts in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa to change switching rules take effect.
28 Mar 2014
Staring at an incremental bill for low-sulfur fuel estimated at $75 billion to $100 billion per year for container ships beginning in 2020...
Grain train in Canada
27 Mar 2014
The Canadian government yesterday introduced legislation aimed at forcing the country’s two largest freight railroads to move grain faster...
27 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House subcommittee yesterday accused the Obama administration of underfunding port and inland waterway projects through its proposed fiscal 2015 budget.
27 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Canada Transport Minister Lisa Raitt sharply criticized proposed U.S. legislation that would tax cargo entering the U.S. from Canadian ports, saying the Senate and House bills would harm trade relations between the two countries if passed.
26 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero told Congress today that commissioners were reviewing a memorandum that mitigates some of the shipping industry’s concerns with the agency’s proposed overhaul of ocean transportation intermediary rules.

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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.