The practice of using the paper bill of lading dates back to the period prior to deregulation, in the 1970s, when shippers used typewriters to generate business documents and then mailed them. But we're long past the "typewriter era" concerning many business processes.
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As technology and regulatory environments increasingly collide, it’s time for a recap of the evolution of Federal Maritime Commission regulations, recent positive steps towards improved NVOCC NRA and NSA efficiency, and a word on the seed for a, potentially, truly dynamic freight market.