Transportation Regulations

Transportation Regulations

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News & Analysis

16 Sep 2019
The US Department of Agriculture has approved nine new locations for its longstanding in-transit cold treatment program in the southern and western parts of the country.
06 Sep 2019
The Federal Maritime Commission agreed to the recommendations stemming from a year-and-half effort led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye to address complaints from cargo owners and drayage drivers over what they considered unfair fees for failing to pick up cargo and return equipment in a timely manner.
05 Sep 2019
The California state legislature is on track to pass a bill, which the governor intends to sign into law, that could fundamentally alter the relationship between shippers, trucking companies, and port truck drivers. It's expected to be signed before an intermodal conference this month in Long Beach.
19 Aug 2019
Proposed hours-of-service reforms -- though well-intentioned -- are a “catastrophe waiting to happen” for the US trucking sector, according to one interested observer.
15 Aug 2019
Container carriers have already begun voluntarily reducing their carbon footprints, but shippers need to be prepared for the disruptive — and expensive — changes that must take place for the wider industry to reach IMO-mandated emissions reduction targets.
06 Aug 2019
Trucking companies are warning shippers that a regulation requiring fleets to switch from automatic on-board recording devices to electronic-logging devices in December could slow productivity more than some realize.
30 Jul 2019
Insufficient technological bandwidth and legacy ships may stall implementation of all-electric and hybrid vessel designs, despite showing significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in an effort to meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2050 goals.
30 Jul 2019
Morten Moller Weisdal, a managing director at Mediterrean Shipping Co., said Tuesday the need to improve sustainability in container shipping is “the single-greatest challenge of our lifetime.” Shippers, he noted, “bear a huge responsibility.”
29 Jul 2019
Global shore power could significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but faces significant hurdles to implementation due to a lack of national legislation and high electricity costs.
26 Jul 2019
As the IMO 2020 rule inches closer, analysts following energy markets are becoming alarmed at the possibility that the spread between low-sulfur and heavy fuel oils, which will guide the surcharges shippers pay, could be larger than shippers are anticipating.
26 Jul 2019
A recent uptick in pest presence in properly treated and marked wood packaging materials (WPM) has US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rethinking its ISPM 15 enforcement policies.
CBP inspections have uncovered a rash of properly treated and stamped shipments of inbound wood packaging materials (WPM) cargo that nonetheless harbored dangerous wood-boring beetles.
25 Jul 2019
Violations of ISPM 15, which maintains strict guidelines for treatment of all wood packaging materials (WPM) to prevent the accidental introduction of invasive pests, can result in the re-exportation of entire shipments of goods and large fines, even if importers and carriers have followed the regulations to the best of their abilities.
22 Jul 2019
Carbon pricing and climate levies are still in the running as potential solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in maritime shipping, according to industry analysts.
22 Jul 2019
US importers say they face a lack of alternatives, feedback, and proactive sourcing information from enforcement officials when treated and apparently compliant wood packaging materials (WPM) fail ISPM 15 inspection.
Operational gains path to early shipping decarbonization
19 Jul 2019
Although improvements in operational efficiencies alone will not meet IMO 2050 emissions targets, industry experts say they are the most feasible short-term measures to transition to a low-carbon shipping sector.
More R&D needed for low-carbon marine fuels
03 Jul 2019
Alternative low-carbon fuels are seen as an impactful short-term solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping sector, but questions remain regarding implementation, availability, and development.
Sailing toward zero-emission container shipping
03 Jul 2019
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced rules aimed at reducing harmful sulfur oxide (SO2), carbon dioxide (CO2), and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.
28 Jun 2019
Truckers using older electronic logging technology should switch to ELDs now, and not wait for a December deadline, the head of the US truck safety watchdog agency said.
25 Jun 2019
The shipping sector is lacking investments in effective carbon reducing technologies, threatening to miss IMO 2050 targets for decarbonization, according to a recent report from CDP.
17 Jun 2019
Eleven major banks representing 20 percent of the global shipping finance portfolio have signed off on a framework agreement aimed at aligning investors with the IMO’s 2050 mandate to cut CO2 emissions 50 percent from 2008 levels.
14 Jun 2019
Changing ship designs will fail to reach global emissions reductions targets without the widespread use of low-carbon fuels, the American Bureau of Shipping argues in its 2030 Outlook 2050 Vision report.
20 May 2019
A proposal to impose mandatory speed limits on ocean vessels faces an uncertain future after being tabled at last week’s meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee.
14 May 2019
The European Commission is eyeing Cosco’s deepening reach into the European port sector, as well as the broader issue of state subsidies to Asia-based carriers and shipyards.
14 May 2019
The European Commission’s competition regulator warned that shipper suggestions that carriers create a uniform bunker adjustment factor (BAF) surcharge would be viewed as a “hardcore violation” of antitrust rules.
13 May 2019
The conclusion of annual trans-Pacific service contracts this month showed that container lines for the most part got shippers to agree to reimburse them for expected higher fuel costs as of Jan. 1.
13 May 2019
Amazon’s logistics business needs to be regulated, but it’s not because Amazon is a bad company; on the contrary, it’s because the company is so exceptional, Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber writes in's The Industry Speaks series.
07 May 2019
Container carriers will have to remove nearly every vessel from service for at least a week to transition to low-sulfur fuel as mandated by the IMO, but BCOs hope that carriers don't use this as a way to manipulate capacity during the peak season.
06 May 2019
Container carriers are rejecting proposed mandatory vessel speed limits, saying the move set to be discussed at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting later this month would undermine climate change goals for shipping.
02 May 2019
Already facing a low-sulfur fuel mandate in 2020, the shipping industry is just beginning to gauge how to decarbonize, with slower-steaming already being proposed.
01 May 2019
A rapidly approaching deadline for the implementation of early greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures has given way to the belief that only operational steps can do the trick with low- or zero-carbon propulsion methods still several years away.
01 May 2019
BCOs concerned about variations among carrier low-sulfur fuel surcharges may be able to shift volumes to exploit volatility in bunker pricing.
24 Apr 2019
Container carriers are caught in a classic “prisoner’s dilemma.” If they all install scrubbers, none of them reap the benefits of cheap, plentiful high-sulfur fuel that would come from widespread adoption of low-sulfur fuel.
Dustin Braden, shipper engagement manager, JOC
10 Apr 2019
Dustin Braden, shipper engagement manager, JO
08 Apr 2019
Container carriers and the shipper supply chains that depend on them are in for a rude awakening if European regulators repeal the block exemption for liner carrier consortia.
08 Apr 2019
Trucking operators and shippers should be keeping a close eye on the implementation of a National Drug and Alcohol Driver Database and other potential regulatory changes that will affect available capacity.