Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy

The global regulatory environment surrounding international trade has never been more difficult — and risky — to manage. From international trade law to customs regulations, trade compliance has risen to the top of the priority list among global importers and exporters. In the age of free trade agreements that link different customs and cultures, the challenges will only mount in the years ahead.

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Dover Straits, United Kingdom.
12 Dec 2018
The latest deal reached between Britain’s Theresa May government and the European Union has failed to win any political support, and Brexit contingency planning suggests the private sector is assuming all trade with the EU will be on World Trade Organization terms, regarded as a worst-case scenario.
A highway in Alaska.
11 Dec 2018
Port, rail, and highway projects are among 91 grants distributed by the US Department of Transportation, including for the extension of port berths and terminals and inland port rail access.
Brazil truckers on strike - May 2018.
10 Dec 2018
Over the weekend, drivers protested at Alemoa, in front of the main road access to the port of Santos, and closed the main highway between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for six hours, backing up truck traffic more than two kilometers (1.24 miles).
A heavy lift ship.
10 Dec 2018
Both clauses are designed to be "simple and practical" and ease the global fleet's Jan. 1, 2020 transition to a low-sulfur fuel era, BIMCO said.
A Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) meeting.
07 Dec 2018
The Federal Maritime Commission stopped short of any regulatory action on detention and demurrage. Instead, a task force would meet to “refine commercially viable demurrage and detention approaches.” There were several findings, however, which validated cargo owner concerns and provide reasons to be optimistic that teams of stakeholders will be able to find resolutions.
A truck travels on a US highway.
07 Dec 2018
The FMCSA published 10 decisions rejecting petitions for ELD exemptions Friday, a sign the agency has drawn a sharp line when it comes to pleas for relief from the year-old rule. Instead, expect more focus on the hours of service rules themselves.
A container ship at sea.
07 Dec 2018
The European Commission said that several EU member states and EU shipbuilding associations have complained about carriers in Asia receiving state subsidies.
US CBP agent inspecting peppers at Red Hook Terminal, New York.
05 Dec 2018
Following complaints from at least 10 port members, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) urged Customs to provide its reasoning for focusing on often “expensive, overbuilt” facilities — the resources for which the AAPA says can be better-allocated.
Air cargo being loaded in China.
05 Dec 2018
Of course, many factors can be involved in an air cargo volume uptrend, but this holiday season trade tension and the threat of higher tariffs certainly is one.
A Maersk Line ship in the Pacific Ocean.
04 Dec 2018
The export/import surge was propelled by a combination of factors.
Port of Los Angeles.
03 Dec 2018
There are still more unknowns than knowns about the US-China tariff ‘truce,’ but this is clear: the extra time until March 1 helps shippers by giving them a longer time cushion before higher tariffs could potentially start.
Two ships at the Port of Los Angeles.
30 Nov 2018
Following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Saturday at the G20 summit, President Trump agreed to a 90-day truce in which the US wouldn’t impose higher tariffs on Jan 1. as threatened.
A highway in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
30 Nov 2018
The existing Dhaka-Chittagong highway is a lifeline for Bangladesh’s growing international trade business, but it is outmoded. The new, expanded highway is expected to substantially reduce cargo transport costs and time.
A container ship receiving fuel
29 Nov 2018
Alphaliner offered telling data on ocean carrier third-quarter operating margins compared with a year ago, and despite higher shipping demand and revenue, the margins are a source of concern.
29 Nov 2018
Sponsored: Remote container management is a game changer for the reefer cargo, said Hamburg Süd's Smet in a 2018 JOC Container Trade Europe Conference panel.
A train travels near the the Port of Long Beach.
28 Nov 2018
Ports are seeking a larger percentage of federal transportation funds, and with good reason: the American Association of Port Authorities has identified $20 billion in multimodal project needs for public port authorities alone.
An Federal Maritime Commission meeting.
28 Nov 2018
To some shippers, the World Shipping Council’s (WSC) petition, filed Sept. 11 to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), looks like a recipe for uncompetitive behavior. For the industry, represented by the WSC, it is an attempt to move away from bureaucratic practices, cut costs, and become more dynamic.
US Postal Service, Oregon, United States.
27 Nov 2018
Even after a 2019 rate increase for first class mail, the US Postal Service remains a bargain, compared with rates for other national postal services in the developed world. And there’s additional good news regarding parcel select service rates.
A short-sea container ship.
21 Nov 2018
The trial program applies to Bangladeshi goods transiting through the border checkpoint at Petrapole — known as a “land customs station (LCS)” — for transshipment via the ports of Kolkata and Nhava Sheva-JNPT.
A truck transport a wind generator blade.
20 Nov 2018
In the next two decades, project construction and transport sectors can expect electricity generation to grow in importance, as emerging nations, particularly those in Asia, shift toward light industry, service economies, and digitization.
20 Nov 2018
Trying to prepare for something as significant and as unclear as Britain's exit from the European Union is not easy for supply chains that only work with a clear understanding of what is required for each step of the logistics process.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
16 Nov 2018
Higher freight volumes and shipper spending reported by the Cass Freight Index show that while the US economy may be expanding more slowly in late 2018, it is not on the verge of a contraction.
Brazil beef.
16 Nov 2018
Almost immediately after Bolsonaro’s announcement, Egypt canceled a trade mission from Brazil that had been scheduled to promote exports, such as beef, chicken, and various fruits.
Rotterdam port at sunrise.
16 Nov 2018
Those who want to end the legal framework exempting liner shipping consortia from European Union antitrust rules say it would increase competition and therefore shipper choice. But this is an instance where the solution may ultimately lead to an outcome that’s worse than the current condition.
Port of Oakland.
16 Nov 2018
The administration Thursday announced the appointment of Daniel Maffei, whose five-year term expired in June, and Louis Sola, who has served on the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners, and is president and founder of Evermarine, a major yacht dealer, for Federal Maritime Commission positions.
Alexandria port.
16 Nov 2018
“In my personal opinion, yes [Egypt does need capacity]. I really think there is a growth story. There is congestion and a need for higher-quality infrastructure,” said Khaled Nageib, CEO and president of Egyptian Ports Development Group, a private-sector company engaged in the development of domestic and international ports.
15 Nov 2018
The two sitting commissioners on the US Federal Maritime Commission on Thursday voted to allow the PierPass 2.0 extended gates program featuring a flat-fee pricing model to take effect.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
15 Nov 2018
The changes across the US transportation landscape, from a trade war with mainland China to seemingly unstoppable e-commerce growth, require from logistics managers a drill-like precision and agility and closer collaboration with carriers.
Heavy lift ship.
14 Nov 2018
Many project shippers have reported a lack of clarity regarding contracts extending into or beyond 2020; these clauses will help set the stage for the IMO 2020 transition.
Krishnapatnam Port.
14 Nov 2018
The rail project is critical for Krishnapatnam's effort to increase transshipment volume, following India's cabotage relaxation for foreign-flag ship operators.
13 Nov 2018
UK and EU negotiators are currently locked in negotiations to try to arrive at an agreement in time for an emergency November summit, but with a persistent lack of clarity over cross-channel trade and no clear strategy guidance from London or Brussels, the supply chain is already well into its Plan B.
Port of Santos, Brazil.
12 Nov 2018
What privatization should look like in Brazil and how it should begin is still being debated, however.
Mundra Port.
12 Nov 2018
With the cabotage relaxation, implemented May 21, foreign-flag carriers can transport laden export/import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports without any specific permission or license.
06 Nov 2018
Sponsored: MSC's Laurent Audaz on addressing the problem of counterfeiting and smuggling, as well as other cargo declaration concerns.
Two container ships at sea.
02 Nov 2018
The World Shipping Council, which represents the container shipping industry, said the paper by the OECD’s International Transport Forum that wants the European Commission’s block exemption for container shipping lines to end without renewal in April 2020 demonstrated “a fundamental misunderstanding” of how the consortia block exemption works.
Trucks parked in Louisiana, United States.
02 Nov 2018
If shippers reorganized efficiently and put an end to procurement teams focused solely on price and transactions instead of supply chain efficiency, we would have more drivers available and motivated to take time to train and become more valuable as well as get paid more.