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News & Analysis

17 Dec 2020
The warning from two FMC commissioners comes as some carriers are refusing export bookings so they can ship empty containers back to Asia faster to be refilled with higher-paying exports to the United States.
08 Dec 2020
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Michael Khouri’s comments come after the agency on Nov. 20 announced it would launch a formal investigation into carriers’ role into congestion at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York and New Jersey.
25 Nov 2020
US federal maritime regulator’s decision to increase scrutiny of container lines is part of a larger global effort to monitor how carriers are behaving.
21 Sep 2020
Lawyers representing ocean carriers, OCEMA, and CCM have asked the FMC to dismiss ATA’s complaint into chassis, arguing the regulatory body lacks jurisdiction and only cargo owners can bring such a case.
16 Sep 2020
For so-called old China hands, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication’s Sept. 11 summoning of carriers in Shanghai to instruct them to add capacity hardly comes as a surprise.
28 Aug 2020
A proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pilot project would let truck drivers stop the hours of service clock for up to three hours and then resume driving, giving them more control over their schedules, but a longer day.
24 Aug 2020
In proactively and successfully influencing the direction of the market as container lines have done this year, leading to higher rates and stronger profit, the carriers will inevitably provoke a regulatory reaction.
20 Aug 2020
A chassis dispute between trucking executives and ocean carriers has reached an impasse, spurring American Trucking Associations to seek a resolution from the US Federal Maritime Commission.
22 Jul 2020
Container shipping alliances can cancel on blank sailings as long as it’s done to adjust capacity to match lower volumes and they don’t cause an unreasonable reduction in transportation services or an unreasonable increase in costs.
15 Jul 2020
When implementing environmental policy, West Coast elected officials are urged to balance clean-air goals with the burden of increased cost of goods movement.
08 Jul 2020
Container lines can either keep up the capacity discipline they showed in the first half and be on track to end the year with $9 billion in profit, or lose $7 billion if they can’t, according to SeaIntelligence Consulting.
14 May 2020
The new final US hours-of-service rule gives truckers more flexibility in how they use their daily hours, but shippers get a gift of capacity that could help extend their pricing power.
03 Mar 2020
The FMCSA is sending undisclosed changes to truck driver hours of service (HOS) rules to the White House for approval, raising hopes for greater flexibility in truck scheduling.
07 Feb 2020
JOC Associate Editor Ari Ashe gives a preview of the TPM20 panel (2 March) on California bill AB5. For the full agenda visit:
13 Jan 2020
Customers and service providers of container shipping companies have again voiced their opposition to the European Commission’s decision to extend the carrier block exemption for another four years.
26 Dec 2019
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has concluded that the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships is a mandatory goal-based approach that provides the incentive needed to drive innovation.
24 Dec 2019
The US Federal Maritime Commission has proposed a rule that would see the agency take a more active role in detention and demurrage disputes, but container carriers are laying the groundwork for a potential legal challenge in 2020 should the FMC enact the rule.
23 Dec 2019
New legislation will take effect in California Jan. 1 that would make it much more difficult for truck drivers to retain independent contractor status, but owner operators are stuck in limbo pending a court decision on a legal challenge to the new rules.
20 Dec 2019
The FMC exemption is part of a broader effort to reduce filing requirements related to freight transportation long after trucking companies and railroads were released from the burden of filing tariffs with the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in 1994.
20 Dec 2019
The editorial team has identified 10 trends every shipper, carrier, and third-party logistics provider should be watching in the upcoming year.
06 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.
18 Nov 2019
The number of violations issued to drivers for exceeding hours of service limits has dropped significantly since the ELD mandate took effect, but false log violations rose last year.
06 Nov 2019
The number of speeding violations handed to US truck drivers jumped 7.8 percent in 2018, but speeding has been a problem since long before that. Shippers need to help solve it.
04 Nov 2019
A group of agricultural exports blames ocean carriers and terminal operators for creating crippling terminal congestion and then profiting off the problem.
31 Oct 2019
Stakeholders in the container shipping industry are debating how demurrage clocks should begin, when they should be suspended, and when it’s fair and unfair to assess penalties to beneficial cargo owners (BCOs).
23 Oct 2019
Revisions for 2020 reflect an Incoterms committee that was less “Eurocentric” and more trade-oriented than in the past, according to Frank Reynolds, president of consulting firm International Projects Inc. and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Incoterms revision committee.
21 Oct 2019
The International Maritime Organization’s low-sulfur fuel mandate will cause all-in container freight costs to rise next year, but there is a bigger bill coming in the form of decarbonization.
18 Oct 2019
Downward rate pressure caused by overcapacity and the wide range of fuel surcharge levels carriers are presenting to cargo owners suggests that fuel cost will become a competitive battleground in the aftermath of IMO 2020.
17 Oct 2019
Peter Tirschwell, vice president, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit discusses the International Maritime Organization's mandates for carbon emission reduction by 2050 and the most likely paths to reaching that goal.
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11 Oct 2019
Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson on the geopolitical factors at play in the looming deadline for the Intern
01 Oct 2019
The creation of a coalition — supported by more than 70 public and private organizations including Maersk, Royal Dutch Shell, and Lloyd’s Register — to drive commercial efforts to decarbonize international shipping is the latest example of an industry beginning to grasp the Herculean tests that lie ahead
23 Sep 2019
The newly formed Getting to Zero Coalition, comprising members of the maritime, energy, infrastructure, and financial sectors, will lead commercial efforts to meet the International Maritime Organization’s goal of halving carbon emissions from shipping by 2050.
18 Sep 2019
John Butler, CEO and president of the World Shipping Council, said a number of studies suggest mandatory slow-steaming — one of many proposals the International Maritime Organization is considering — would force carriers to deploy more ships in order to keep service commitments.
16 Sep 2019
The US Department of Agriculture has approved nine new locations for its longstanding in-transit cold treatment program in the southern and western parts of the country.
06 Sep 2019
The Federal Maritime Commission agreed to the recommendations stemming from a year-and-half effort led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye to address complaints from cargo owners and drayage drivers over what they considered unfair fees for failing to pick up cargo and return equipment in a timely manner.