Regulation & Policy

A national freight forwarder and customs brokers trade group is urging federal officials to clarify regulations that would increase the value threshold of goods that are exempt from paying duty from $200 to $800, and to tighten the scrutiny of duty-free goods as they come in to prevent abuses of the rule change.


Concerns still remain on the holdouts, IT issues, and accuracy of declarations related to SOLAS container weight rule.


The US House of Representatives’ passage of a water resources bill improves the chances for the ports of Everglades and Charleston gaining federal funding for harbor-deepening projects, but it's still up to legislators to decide whether, or how, to dramatically shake-up how port projects such as those get funded in the first place.

The inability of Congress to empower the Export-Import Bank has allowed foreign countries to gain project cargo market share.
US manufacturers and their supply chain partners are trying to persuade Congress to restore the Export-Import Bank’s ability to finance large US project shipments they say have been lost to other countries.

Regulations governing the shipment of lithium ion batteries tested by Samsung phone recall.

A prominent Russian maritime lawyer said the companies should appeal the decision in the hopes of having the decision overturned.

Terminals at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s biggest container gateway, have come under fire from customs authorities for collecting “unauthorized” charges from shippers.

Amazon has had to pay a fine for breaching lithium ion shipment rules.

US Customs and Border Protection has given the Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval pilot program a thumbs up.
US importers stand to see faster clearance of their containers as Customs and Border Protection expands a pilot providing pre-clearance of shipments from four ports to every port in the country.

An effort to get approval for heavier trucks on Texan roadways failed in the legislature in 2015, but a second effort is now underway.
A heavyweight fight is shaping up in the Texas Legislature over proposals to allow trucks to carry heavier loads over the state’s highways.