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

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.
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.
25 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. rail industry and the nation’s largest shipper group today presented to the Surface Transportation Board widely disparate scenarios about what would happen if the rail regulatory agency mandated reciprocal switching for certain railroad customers.
 An on-strike container-truck driver pulls over his truck in a street during the protest at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, Canada, March 21, 2014. Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA/Newscom.
25 Mar 2014
The provincial government of British Columbia was making progress today on implementing a back-to-work bill designed to end a crippling truckers’ strike that is now in its fourth week at Port Metro Vancouver.
24 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner who cast the lone vote against the P3 network last week called it an “alliance in name only” in which the controlling carrier, Maersk Line, can virtually “paint the other parties’ ships light blue.”

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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.