Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy

The global regulatory environment surrounding international trade has never been more difficult — and risky — to manage. From international trade law to customs regulations, trade compliance has risen to the top of the priority list among global importers and exporters. In the age of free trade agreements that link different customs and cultures, the challenges will only mount in the years ahead.

News & Analysis

04 Mar 2021
A new super-heavy-lift joint venture, if approved, will benefit from an offshore wind market poised to expand through 2050.
09 Feb 2021
Apart from western countries, Bangladeshi exports to Australia and Japan are also rising significantly, which has contributed to Chittagong’s container handling rebound.
09 Feb 2021
Through two pilot programs, US Customs Border and Patrol (CBP) is gathering additional information on potential high-risk shipments and also allowing for electronic document filing on international e-commerce shipments valued at $800 or less.
09 Feb 2021
South Korean carrier HMM is the latest shipping line to report a significantly improved 2020 result, with the industry now firmly on track for its most positive financial performance in years.
09 Feb 2021
Efforts to advance an Indian joint venture at Sri Lanka’s Colombo port have stalled because of port labor unions, though some believe the recent flare-up of border issues between India and China is also a factor.
08 Feb 2021
The loss of 84,300 trucking and warehousing jobs in January -- actual numbers before seasonal adjustment -- makes prospects for tighter capacity and higher rates for US shippers in the months ahead more certain.
08 Feb 2021
Retailers project record year-over-year import volumes each month through June as US consumers continue to shop with no end in sight.
08 Feb 2021
As cost-conscious India shippers seek “more for less,” value-added services have begun to occupy center stage in freight contract negotiations, including bespoke intermodal services.
08 Feb 2021
Wind energy cargoes boosted the Port of Longview’s breakbulk volumes, while high and heavy drove growth at the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
08 Feb 2021
The problem with a later peak week is that it leaves precious little room for recovery; when things go wrong or the unexpected occurs, the system appears not to be agile enough to avoid stock-outs and disappointment.
08 Feb 2021
Lower volumes in December and a slight slip in spot rates in January suggest the heavy demand keeping Asia-Europe logistics chains and equipment availability under pressure are beginning to moderate.
08 Feb 2021
If carriers are successful in reducing the number of days shippers can hold containers before being charged detention fees, some shippers may have to adjust warehouse operations so they can unload and return containers to carriers more quickly.
05 Feb 2021
The former YRC Worldwide is expanding, not shrinking, Yellow CEO Darren Hawkins says, with plans for streamlined pricing and more regional services as it radically overhauls its business.
05 Feb 2021
Seeing glimpses of improved productivity, terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach predict a return to some sense of normalcy between April and June.
05 Feb 2021
E2open returned to the public markets Friday after a six-year absence, a move that will allow the supply chain software provider to continue to grow organically and through acquisitions.
05 Feb 2021
French and German consumers plan to either completely stop or order less goods online from the United Kingdom, according to a recent Pitney Bowes survey.
05 Feb 2021
Regulators have now fined ocean carriers Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WWO), NYK RORO, and “K” Line a total of $63 million for price fixing on vehicle shipping services on routes to Australia.
05 Feb 2021
Momentum toward digital quoting and booking in ocean shipping is undeniable, but it remains to be seen whether shippers and forwarders will demand — and container lines are actually capable of delivering — truly dynamic pricing.
04 Feb 2021
Container visibility provider ClearMetal said demand for its product aimed at helping shippers improve shipment delivery date accuracy ballooned in 2020 as “customer promise date” becomes a more important logistics metric.
04 Feb 2021
Given the challenges around container tracking data collection and quality, forwarders could one day become the clearinghouse for all the various components of an end-to-end visibility picture, as well as the provider of quality control for that data.
04 Feb 2021
Under pressure from an unexpected second-half surge in demand, US importers turned to core production sources in China as the urgency of not missing orders outweighed additional tariff and manufacturing costs.
04 Feb 2021
Reliability is trumping price in Asia-North Europe contracts, but shippers remain wary of having volume commitments cut by carriers, even as they lock in the elevated long-term rates.
04 Feb 2021
As congestion and rate pressure continue to squeeze the container market, some breakbulk cargo is shifting out of boxes back to ro/ro.
04 Feb 2021
A new funding round for logistics automation software provider Slync.io is meant to enable the company to expand in Europe and Asia as it seeks to solve long-running manual process issues for forwarders and shippers.
03 Feb 2021
Toepfer Transport's MPV/HL rate forecast climbs to $7,146 as optimism grows in the breakbulk market amid a new US presidential administration seen as favorable to renewables.
03 Feb 2021
Shippers may see intermodal savings evaporate in the first quarter if rail contracts rise more than 10 percent and spot truck rates continue to cool off and pressure truck contracts.
03 Feb 2021
Shippers of air cargo will face capacity constraints for the rest of 2021, and global forwarders are having to grow their controlled networks to cater to the steady demand.
Transplace urges shippers to actively manage routing guides and optimize networks now, rather than attempt to “time the market.” Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.
03 Feb 2021
Fewer trucking companies are responding to shipper bids, as contract truckload pricing rises by high single-digit percentage rates, Transplace executives said Tuesday.
03 Feb 2021
While Indian terminals had fewer ships to process, especially in the first half of 2020, that operational flexibility was eclipsed by widespread landside challenges and labor shortages.
02 Feb 2021
FMC Commissioner Carl Bentzel said rerouting ships to the ports of Seattle and Tacoma could take up to six weeks, but he doesn’t see a better alternative to easing Southern California port congestion.
02 Feb 2021
Hapag-Lloyd has found that stocking up on boxes cannot alone ease the severe equipment pressure that has built on the major trades out of Asia.
02 Feb 2021
A microprocessor chip shortage and new COVID-19 spread could slow recovery by hampering vehicle production.
02 Feb 2021
A new technology-based parcel company, founded by an ex-Amazon and Walmart executive, emerged from stealth development Tuesday with aims on serving retailers spurned or inadequately served by UPS and FedEx.
02 Feb 2021
A significant number of truckload shippers delayed annual bids with the largest US truck freight broker in the fourth quarter to avoid spiking contract rates.
01 Feb 2021
In announcing its new Oakland service, the president of CMA CGM and APL in the United States says he does not expect congestion in Southern California to clear up until at least June
01 Feb 2021
New contracts firm up heavy transport and heavy lift firm Fagioli’s 2021 outlook despite the pandemic-driven industry-wide downturn of 2020.