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06 Jun 2022
The Federal Maritime Commission hopes to increase its team to 160 full-time staff to boost enforcement capabilities and deepen its monitoring of shipping alliances.
20 Sep 2021
Investors have backed technology provider Altana AI’s vision of building a map of trade network to underpin solutions for shippers, logistics providers, and customs agencies.
16 Sep 2021
A huge funding round for Utah-based digital customs technology provider Zonos shows that online cross-borders sellers new to international trade struggle to accurately calculate the cost of duties.
10 Mar 2021
BluJay Solutions’ new global trade management platform is designed to use automation to assist trade compliance professionals in managing ever-changing global customs regulations and an expected deluge of declarations associated with e-commerce growth.
28 Dec 2020
The as-yet-unfulfilled promise of expedited cargo clearance for shippers under US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trade facilitation programs may soon come at a cost of compulsory self-regulation
24 Nov 2020
New York–based new trade compliance automation startup Altana AI has designs on creating a new version of much-maligned trusted trade cargo facilitations programs.
27 Dec 2019
Customs officials and brokers in the United States are both being challenged by constantly changing tariff levels and a continued influx of smaller e-commerce parcels.
26 Sep 2019
E-commerce giant Amazon has purchased Los Angeles-based startup INLT, cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) global trade management (GTM) provider for US importers.
14 May 2019
One of the most prominent global trade management software providers sold for $425 million Monday, a culmination of a series of deals for GTM makers and also the coup de grace in a trio of deals for buyer E2open.
14 Feb 2019
Consolidation in the GTM software space and Maersk's purchase of customs broker Vandergrift are signs shippers want to more closely link logistics and compliance activities.
30 Sep 2017
BoxTech contains information on containers moving on one-third of the global fleet. Secretary General Douglas Owen details the vision behind development and potential future uses for the data.
03 Apr 2017
The project is tied to CBP's still-incomplete Automated Commercial Environment.
18 Oct 2016
Ashley Furniture asked the court to allow an “administrative freeze” on payments owed to Hanjin for services that were only partially provided as a result of the carrier’s failure to fulfill contractual obligations.
24 Aug 2016
Commercial shipping's opportunities to do business with Cuba are unlikely to significantly improve until at least February 2018.
20 Jul 2016
A recently re-enacted law will offer some U.S. importers tariff reductions.
28 Jun 2016
Nigeria has launched technology platforms to tackle widespread corruption and inefficiencies in operations at its major ports.
18 May 2016
Cuba’s Mariel container terminal has already planned its transformation into a major transshipment hub after the U.S. trade embargo ends, according to TC Mariel General Director Charles Baker.
12 May 2016
Five non-vessel-operating common carriers and forwarders have paid the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to settle allegations they misrepresented cargo to carriers.
10 Feb 2016
Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and more than a dozen other carriers will revise their pricing practices to avoid fines and end an EU antitrust suit and investigation.
29 Oct 2015
Too few shippers are ready to meet new global regulations requiring the weighing of containers before they are allowed to be loaded onto a ship, said Chris Welsh, secretary general of the Global Shippers’ Forum, the largest global shipper group. Welsh spoke with JOC.com Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi in late September about the risks of not complying with the rules set to take effect July 1, ways to meet the International Maritime Organization regulations and the complicated issue of who exactly is a “shipper.”
23 Oct 2015
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission voted 4-1 to change licensing and financial responsibility requirements for ocean transportation intermediaries, despite objections from one commission member.
19 Oct 2015
Customs and Border Protection directors Friday urged West Coast brokers and forwarders that haven’t done so to begin filing trade documentation through the evolving “single window” initiative that CBP and several participating government agencies have established, even though mandatory electronic filing is still more than four months away.
11 Mar 2015
Global trade management company Amber Road adds new sourcing and manufacturing capabilities by acquiring Hong Kong-based ecVision.
13 Feb 2015
U.S. Trade Representative Michael B. Froman announced Wednesday that the Obama administration is filing a sweeping case at the World Trade Organization against a Chinese government program known as the National Auto and Auto Parts Export Base.
09 Jan 2015
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working with slightly more than a dozen federal agencies to help them better determine what shipments are high risks and which ones can be cleared faster because they pose less of a potential threat.
06 Jan 2015
Since taking the reins of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in March 2014, Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske has met with shippers, brokers and others to better understand trade facilitation and what the agency can do to help. Associate Managing Editor Mark Szakonyi met with the former U.S. drug czar in early December to discuss how Customs will work this year to expedite cargo processing without sacrificing security.
22 Oct 2014
The U.S. faces potential sanctions after the World Trade Organization ruled this week that the country has not done enough to amend regulations that require detailed sourcing information on meat products, which was previously found to violate international fair trade rules.
16 Oct 2014
Staying on top of the evolving regulatory and customs environment was a key areas forwarders and NVOCCs needed to focus on as they expand their business across Asia, delegates at a TPM Asia panel heard today.
02 Oct 2014
A recommendation from a government panel that antitrust exemptions for liner shipping in Australia be rolled back came under heavy criticism from shipping interests who say the proposals are naive and unworkable and would lead smaller carriers to exit the market.
23 Sep 2014
The U.S. Commerce Department set duties on 53-foot dry intermodal containers from China after a preliminary determination concluded manufacturers received unfair subsidies from the Chinese government
03 Sep 2014
In a deal that could have implications for refrigerated shippers and warehouse operators across the U.S., Costco agreed to pay $335,000 in penalties and spend as much as $2 million over the next few years to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its warehouse stores.
16 Jul 2014
FedEx, TNT Express and the U.K.’s Royal Mail are being investigated by French regulators over alleged anti-competitive behavior in the country’s parcel delivery market.
16 Jul 2014
Hong Kong-listed shipping line OOCL and Dubai-based Etihad Airways have not yet been officially informed of a Bangladesh high court ruling that accuses them of evading taxes and money laundering...
08 Jul 2014
A new program by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s integrates its two largest trusted trader programs — Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and Importer Self Assessment — and includes additional perks meant to offer tangible benefits in return for the effort that importers put in to participate.
18 Mar 2014
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics today was fined ¥3.5 billion (about US$34.6 million) by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission for participating in a cartel...
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