Regulation & Policy

U.S. lawmakers won’t likely pass a long-term highway bill before the June deadline, but when they do, shippers and transportation providers should expect the nation’s freight network to get added attention.

European shipowners have appealed the European Parliament to change the European Commission's proposed EU port services regulation, notably by reincluding proposals to open up cargo-handling and passenger services to competition.

Senate appropriators last year derailed Congress’ attempt to give U.S. ports the $1.2 billion for maintenance dredging and berth work — as set by the Water Resources Reform Development Act — by coming up $100 million short for fiscal year 2015.

harbor truckers at Port of Long Beach
The picketing by independent harbor truckers serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach got some attention in Congress after a congresswoman on Wednesday highlighted their efforts and asked whether the federal government could come to their aid.

Evergreen container ship in Port of Los Angeles
The Federal Maritime Commission is helping to lead the charge to fight port congestion and to improve the competitiveness of U.S. ports.

The Philippines, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, wants to be known within the maritime industry for being more than the No. 1 provider of commercial seafarers.

Non-vessel-operating common carriers are asking the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to lift “unnecessary, burdensome rules” governing their contracts with shippers.

Planned container-on-barge services on the Mississippi River system and between marine terminals in New Jersey and New York have won designation by the U.S. Maritime Administration as part of Marad’s marine highway initiative.

Port of Los Angeles, January 2015
Cargo interests urge the Federal Maritime Commission to take action against carriers and marine terminals that assess late charges for the pickup and return of equipment when the shipper’s ability to comply with the demurrage and per-diem requirements is compromised because of terminal congestion.

The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, when ratified, will simplify and harmonize the flow of trade information from shippers and other supply chain partners into agencies responsible for monitoring and regulating trade.