Transportation Policy

Transportation Policy

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

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29 Sep 2016
The US House of Representatives’ passage of a water resources bill improves the chances for the ports of Everglades and Charleston gaining federal funding for harbor-deepening projects, but it's still up to legislators to decide whether, or how, to dramatically shake-up how port projects such as those get funded in the first place.
The inability of Congress to empower the Export-Import Bank has allowed foreign countries to gain project cargo market share.
29 Sep 2016
US manufacturers and their supply chain partners are trying to persuade Congress to restore the Export-Import Bank’s ability to finance large US project shipments they say have been lost to other countries.
16 Sep 2016
The US Senate voted Wednesday to end debate on the Water Resources Development Act, setting up final passage for the legislation.
The port of Salvador, pictured, would gain a new container terminal as part of a larger push for transportation infrastructure privatization and modernization by the Brazilian government.
07 Sep 2016
President Michel Temer can now focus on increasing investment in Brazil’s transportation infrastructure.
05 Sep 2016
California’s congressional delegation, joined by Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero and labor leaders, urged the federal government Sunday to assist in releasing cargo from Hanjin Shipping vessels.
31 Aug 2016
Indian trade unions are going ahead with a strike planned for Friday despite government concessions.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's new funding will be used to fund road upgrades that will help address truck bottlenecks that can weigh on productivity at India's leading port.
23 Aug 2016
JNPT is the first major, or public, port to take advantage of a new policy under the Sagar Mala infrastructure development program.
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.
Among the many issues that Richard Lidinsky sought action on during his time at the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission were charges for demurrage and free time that some shippers viewed as unfair.
04 Aug 2016
Richard Lidinsky shook up the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission during his charged and often controversial seven-year tenure.
03 Aug 2016
With an abbreviated legislative calendar thanks to the upcoming November election and a full slate of bills to work through, Congress will be in a mad dash to get anything, much less a WRDA bill, passed.
The Port of Albany, pictured, will combine the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant with previously committed port and state funding.
01 Aug 2016
The Port of Albany, New York, will use a federal grant to fund a range of improvements.
28 Jul 2016
Shippers and railroads disagree about the merits of a new proposal from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board over so-called “reciprocal” or “competitive” switching.
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.
24 Jun 2016
A new bill introduced in the California legislature aims to spur the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex to revamp its PierPass system.
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.
10 Jun 2016
A U.S. House committee rejected a proposal to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act
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.
Construction on TOTE Maritime's LNG-powered Isla Bella in San Diego.
08 Jun 2016
Shipyard, maritime and labor interests have criticized an Alabama congressman’s proposal to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act’s requirements for U.S.-flag shipping between the island and the U.S. mainland.
31 May 2016
Uncle Sam is seeking input from shippers, transportation providers and others on how to make U.S. ports more competitive.
24 May 2016
Congress is considering stopping the siphoning of funding meant for ports.
19 May 2016
D.C. infrastructure backers and policy experts think part of the answer to the woes of the U.S. freight network is a tax on the transportation cost of goods.
19 May 2016
New emissions regulations are impacting the cost of shipping to various degrees.
18 May 2016
The U.S. is forced to look elsewhere for funding.
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.