Transportation Policy

Transportation Policy

News and analysis of government transportation policy around the world and its impact on global container shipping and supply chains.

Commentary

Despite publicly indicating a preference for the Port of Trieste in Italy, China may have really been working on securing market entry into Europe via a connection to the Rhine-Alpine corridor in Rijeka, Croatia.

News & Analysis

28 Apr 2020
The US Federal Maritime Commission is signaling to the industry that the fairness of detention and demurrage fees should be viewed through a lens of whether they encourage the pickup of import containers and return of empties.
07 Apr 2020
A coalition of 80 agricultural shippers is urging the Trump administration to get involved in the detention and demurrage debate now before the Federal Maritime Commission, saying the issue is even more important now amid supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
13 Feb 2020
The long-promised National Freight Strategic Plan should be about more than highways, groups representing US ports and shippers said this week. The question still is how to pay for freight priorities.
07 Jan 2020
The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement may speed the processing of goods at US borders, but won’t necessarily speed transportation at the congested Mexican border, experts warn. That will require further investment in infrastructure and technology.
07 Oct 2019
The US Surface Transportation Board is urging railroads to work closely with shippers to address concerns about demurrage practices.
14 Aug 2019
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed updates to the hours-of-service regulations covering the trucking industry to increase flexibility and safety on US highways.
21 Apr 2019
Container vessel on-time performance could degrade even further as carriers remove ships from service to install equipment that “scrubs” harmful sulfur particles from ship exhaust in lieu of burning low-sulfur fuel.
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.
A container ship at sea.
02 Nov 2018
Although the industry is unlikely to see another all-encompassing fiat like IMO 2020, the International Maritime Organization's (IMO’s) ambition is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping to 50 percent of 2008 levels by the year 2050, and to someday eliminate the fleet's GHG emissions entirely.
A container ship bunkering / receiving fuel.
24 Oct 2018
As a compromise to the failed experience building proposal, the IMO agreed to boost efforts to lessen the mandate’s impact on the market.
Container ship bunkering in Japan.
04 Oct 2018
A survey conducted by global shipping consultancy Drewry found considerable unease among global shippers and forwarders ahead of the low-sulfur fuel implementation. Concern was expressed by respondents about ocean carriers’ methods of fuel cost recovery with more than half, 56 percent, stating that they did not consider their service providers’ existing approaches as either fair or transparent.
Brazil truckers on strike - May and June 2018.
02 Jul 2018
Although the truck strike has ended, Brazil’s transportation bottlenecks need a bigger government and private sector fix.
Swiss Federal Railways.
28 Jun 2018
Europe’s rail and truck transport systems are at a pivotal moment. The two could complement each other and help meet the likely 30 percent increase in European cargo expected by 2030. However, turf protecting could still rule the day, especially if rail views truck platooning as a threat.
A truck travels on a US road.
18 Jun 2018
Brokers and shippers would have the first official checklist to follow when hiring truckers if an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Act reauthorization passes this year. Supporters believe it’s a step towards ensuring freight is safely moving on highways whereas opponents believe it’s a race to the bottom to find the cheapest transportation that would endanger others.
A Cosco ship being refueled.
13 Jun 2018
This is known: in less than 18 months, the container shipping industry will be hit with a massive annual operating bill in the billions of dollars. What is less known is how the costs will be passed along to shippers, and how ocean carriers will adjust, both in terms of capital investment and operations.
10 Jan 2018
In particular, the FMCSA will focus on accelerating tests of autonomous vehicle technologies, believing they have the potential to significantly reduce crashes.
13 Dec 2017
Decision makers in Europe are getting a little concerned about China's surging investment in the continent's strategic sectors; still, the investment pace is not likely to slow soon.
27 Nov 2017
William Doyle to resign from Federal Maritime Commission effective Jan. 3.
21 Nov 2017
Authorities are working toward a “hub-and-spoke system” for domestic cargo distribution through private participation.
20 Nov 2017
The violations were centered on the ports of Shanghai, Tianjin, Qingdao, and Ningbo-Zhoushan.
20 Nov 2017
Indian authorities handling the upgrade of the Chabahar port in Iran plan to team up with a local company.
10 Nov 2017
Netherlands airport hub Schiphol is considering a government proposal aimed at solving its landing rights crisis impacting all-cargo flights.
09 Nov 2017
As non-vessel operating common carriers have expanded their market share, so has pressure to ease restrictions on their ability to offer customized rate and service packages.
06 Nov 2017
That state aid scheme underscores the importance the Narendra Modi government places on coastal and short-sea shipping.
01 Nov 2017
Indian efforts to make it easier to do business in the country paid off Tuesday.
01 Nov 2017
Cosco Shipping is heading for the world's number three container line position, with its rapid expansion boosted by the Chinese government.
26 Oct 2017
European airlines are bystanders in the long simmering “open skies” dispute between US and Gulf airlines that looks like it is about to shoot up to the top of President Trump’s “America First” agenda.
18 Oct 2017
A sharp break in relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union after Brexit will be devastating for the trade and business between both parties.
03 Oct 2017
Hearing rebuts attacks on law after Puerto Rico hurricane.
20 Sep 2017
Transporters of outsized cargoes now must obtain permits to cross borders and even to move from region to region within countries.
16 Sep 2017
Codesa runs the ports of Praia Mole and Vitoria.
25 Aug 2017
The Brazilian government has established a working group to explore the privatization of dredging operations and set a 90-day deadline.
18 Aug 2017
Indian dockworker labor unions and the chief labor commissioner reached a tentative last-minute agreement Thursday, averting an Aug. 18 strike.
17 Aug 2017
The dispute focuses on efforts to modernize the Trans-Siberian Railway.
16 Aug 2017
Union representatives and officials from the chief labor commissioner have had several rounds of negotiations.