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

22 Apr 2014
Arizona authorities are urging the federal government to consider some Mexican cross-border truckers’ complaints of unfair treatment and prevent a possible blockade at the largest port of entry in the state.
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.”
20 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission today voted 4-to-1 to allow the P3 Network to set sail in the second quarter and vowed to create new reporting requirements to monitor the vessel-sharing agreement involving the three largest global container lines.
20 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — The federal government is on track to free up trust fund dollars for inland waterway improvements other than a long-delayed, grossly over-budget project that has soaked up much needed funding.
TSI Deltaport
19 Mar 2014
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says cargo diverted to U.S. Pacific Northwest ports because of the truck driver strike in Vancouver, British Columbia...
18 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — The Florida ports of Jacksonville and Everglades could get federal authorization to deepen their channels this year instead of having to wait two years or more for the passage of another water resources development bill.
18 Mar 2014
Trade with India, which has been crimped by chronic port congestion at its public ports, may accelerate in the future as a result of the easing of congestion at major container ports...

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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.