International Transportation Policy

International Transportation Policy

04 Oct 2022
Claims by shippers that the European block exemption was dampening market competition are “at odds with reality,” ocean carriers have told European regulators.
The Port of Melbourne, pictured, has gone through a different privatization than other Australian ports in recent years, easing shipper concerns over the deal.
17 Aug 2016
The decision follows Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims’ attack on port privatizations in the country.
17 Aug 2016
The Indian government seems to be treading cautiously on its long-contemplated plan to restructure major public port trusts.
25 Jul 2016
The Brexit will slow U.K. containerized trade in the short term.
Construction workers in India will have plenty to keep them busy as the government pours billions into the ports sector to increase capacity and productivity under the Sagar Mala program.
21 Jul 2016
India on Wednesday approved the formation of Sagarmala Development Company, to coordinate and implement the mammoth Sagar Mala port development program.
11 Jul 2016
India is scouting for U.S. investment and technology for its infrastructure development program.
The Marseille Fos Port, pictured, along with other French and Belgian ports, may soon need to pay more taxes depending on the results of a European Commission investigation.
11 Jul 2016
The European Commission has begun an investigation into whether tax breaks for French and Belgian ports breach EU state aid rules.
01 Jul 2016
A new market friendly government in Brazil is keen to get U.S. investment for infrastructure.
27 Jun 2016
The new rule’s rollout is just days away, but guidance from operating ports, carriers, terminal operators and nation states has been variable and prone to change.
27 Jun 2016
All six terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey will offer weighing services to shippers that don’t provide verified gross mass declarations needed to meet the SOLAS rule.
27 Jun 2016
U.K. freight forwarders are worried that the decision to leave the European Union could threaten a much-needed expansion of Heathrow Airport.
17 Jun 2016
The potential impact of China’s Belt and Road initiative is starting to emerge.
15 Jun 2016
Hutchison Port Holdings has spelled out its SOLAS policy at four Mexican terminals.
13 Jun 2016
Shareholders of Greece’s Piraeus Port Authority approved a concession agreement with Cosco Shipping Group.
13 Jun 2016
Indian lawmakers have unveiled draft legislation aimed at transforming major public port trusts.
09 Jun 2016
Ports, shippers and politicians from the Brazilian state of São Paulo are lobbying the government to appoint a technocrat to the country’s national port administration.
19 May 2016
New emissions regulations are impacting the cost of shipping to various degrees.
18 May 2016
India’s role in the development of the free trade port of Chabahar in southeastern Iran will be high on the agenda when Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins a two-day visit to the country next week.
Santos SEP Brazil ports
17 May 2016
The Brazilian port sector’s worst nightmare has become a reality with the government’s announcement that the Special Ports Ministry, or SEP, would be subsumed by the Transport Ministry as part of a cost-saving initiative.
16 May 2016
India is accelerating its drive for private investment in its ports and maritime sectors.
28 Apr 2016
Political convulsions in Brazil are taking a toll on the port sector, forcing the resignation of Ports Minister Helder Barbalho mere months after he assumed the position.
20 Apr 2016
The government of India, buoyed by the success of a three-day maritime investor conference last week, is looking to speed up the award and construction of highway projects in fiscal year 2016 to 2017, which began April 1, as part of a larger scheme to revamp the country’s transport system.
08 Mar 2016
The European trucking sector has faced complex obstacles in recent years as recession and the increasingly fragmented economic situation of member states have driven protectionism and legislative impediments for trucking firms.
25 Feb 2016
Shippers of agriculture and recycling metal back the potential merger of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railways, while UPS, other major logistics players, elected officials, municipalities, trade groups and chambers of commerce oppose such a deal, according to an analysis of more than 100 letters written to U.S. rail regulators.
05 Feb 2016
Japan’s government has drawn up the drafts of guidelines and revised ministry ordinances, which contain penalties and variation between the verified gross mass and actual weight of a container, for the smooth implementation of the International Maritime Organization's looming Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, container weight rules.
SOLAS VGM IMO container weight
04 Feb 2016
Saying it will be impossible to implement the SOLAS container weight rule by July 1 without severely disrupting trade, U.S. exporters are calling on the Coast Guard to delay the rule until it can be amended and determined that they won’t face a competitive disadvantage against foreign exporters.
13 May 2015
India's federal government awarded 10 new public-private partnership port development contracts in fiscal year 2014-15, which ended in March.
11 May 2015
After more than 18 months of delays, the much heralded first phase of Brazil’s more than Reais 10 billion ($3.36 billion) port concession program received the go-ahead to proceed from the Tribunal de Contas da Uniao.
08 Apr 2015
The U.S. and India on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the exchange of technical information and best practices relating to land and water transportation systems.
08 Apr 2015
The new head of the Brazilian Ports Ministry on Tuesday promised more investment in the nation’s ports and floated the idea of awarding longer dredging project contracts to get work done faster.
17 Mar 2015
In an attempt to reduce port bottlenecks, the Narendra Modi-led Indian government has approved a special state-aid scheme for the construction of new infrastructure suitable for handling coastal vessels at publicly owned major ports.
16 Mar 2015
After months of petitioning the Brazilian government, Santos Brasil, South America’s biggest container terminal operator, has received a 25-year concession contract extension for its Tecon Santos facility, Edinho Araujo, the head of Brazil’s Special Ports Ministry (SEP), recently said.
Suez Canal
18 Feb 2015
It’s too soon to determine whether a new police department tasked with protecting the Suez Canal will do enough to secure the region, a supply chain security expert told JOC.com on Wednesday.
25 Nov 2014
A tentative U.S.-Mexico aviation pact would expand air cargo services linking the North American trading partners, but the biggest benefits may go to global shippers.
21 Nov 2014
It’s not just Brazilian ports that are struggling to meet demand. Brazilian road and rail projects are also suffering from severe delays caused by bureaucratic red-tape.
21 Oct 2014
The Ocean Three Alliance of CMA CGM, China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Co. has received U.S. regulatory clearance without the standard 45-day review by the Federal Maritime Commission, but Commissioner Richard Lidinsky isn’t happy about it.