Regulation & Policy

A federal judge has refused to block the next phase of a multiyear increase in tolls for bridges used by trucks and cars crossing waterways between New York and New Jersey.

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioners voted 3-2 to ask members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement more questions on their proposal to permanently include westbound trans-Pacific trade in their discussion agreement.

White House
Amid pleas of major shippers for a federal mediator, President Obama says he's confident U.S. West Coast longshoremen and waterfront employers can reach a labor contract.

As least seven carriers have suspended newly announced port congestion surcharges on cargo heading from Asia to the U.S. West Coast, likely resulting from importer pushback and U.S. regulatory scrutiny.

U.S agriculture shippers yesterday urged President Obama to “intervene personally” by bringing in a federal mediators to help reach a U.S. West Coast labor contract deal and end slowdowns at West Coast ports.

Washington D.C. politics is the most gridlocked it's been in 40 years, providing little hope for freight-related legislation, said Bruce Carlton, president and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League, a major U.S. shipper group.

European Union trade partners are implementing trade-restricting measures at at “alarming” pace and their efforts to remove such hindrances has slowed, according to an annual EU report on protectionism released yesterday.

A system aimed at expediting the customs clearance of goods traded between members of the Association of Southeast Nations will get its first test in in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

White House
Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren is pressuring the Obama administration to help prevent a potential U.S. West Coast port strike and has invited his friend and Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon to help.

The seven U.S.- and Canada-based Class I railroads told U.S. regulators they shouldn’t have to provide any more data on their operations than they are already sending unless the Surface Transportation Board begins a rule-making process.