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

16 Jul 2020
As a project cargo pipeline "hole" looms thanks to retrenchment in the oil and gas sector, slow scrapping and newbuilding orders are not enough to cure sector over-tonnage.
10 Mar 2020
The forward truckload freight contract platform has raised $20 million in capital to fuel growing demand to connect shippers and carriers with a binding agreement that lets them focus on more variable supply and demand issues.
10 Mar 2020
Blank sailings by carriers, widespread surcharges, and a battle to find empty boxes are going to hit European shippers in the pocket.
10 Mar 2020
Big capacity cuts fueled by coronavirus-related disruptions have resulted in large rate hikes on India trade lanes.
10 Mar 2020
Large US truckload carriers that engaged in mergers and acquisitions and expanded specialized services like dedicated trucking fared much better in 2019 than those that relied more on traditional dry-van business, according to JOC's 2020 Top 25 US Truckload Carrier Rankings, prepared by SJ Consulting Group.
10 Mar 2020
The nine container lines that form the Digital Container Shipping Association have released guidelines intended to give all carriers a "common language" and "tasked-based approach" to meeting an IMO resolution around vessel cybersecurity preparedness.
09 Mar 2020
If shipments of spring and summer merchandise that were disrupted by factory closures in China due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) merge with back-to-school shipments that normally begin to move in late April, cargo delays are highly probable.
09 Mar 2020
CMA CGM has joined the gray pool in Memphis, a win for those advocating for truckers to use any chassis for any container to eliminate chassis splits and other inefficiencies that cost shippers money.
09 Mar 2020
While Mexico’s Pacific Coast ports have so far seen little decline in cargo volumes due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), some logistics providers expect volumes to fall beginning this month.
09 Mar 2020
Shippers with an eye on instability in US markets are considering innovative contract terms, including the use of volume guarantees and flexible rates.
09 Mar 2020
Container volume growth on trades connecting the United States with South America decelerated last year, reflecting slowing economic growth in the bellwether countries of Brazil and Argentina, according to JOC's 2019 top US–South America port and carrier rankings.
25 largest US less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers
09 Mar 2020
Compared with the freight boom of 2018, last year was disappointing for US less-than-truckload carriers, but pricing discipline allow the largest operators to maintain — and in some cases increase — their top line revenue.
07 Mar 2020
Portland judge reduces $93.6 million jury award against ILWU to $19 million, possibly bringing an end in sight to a legal battle that started with job actions that began in 2012.
06 Mar 2020
Preliminary service contract negotiations between carriers and US retailers and other importers normally begin before TPM. But the event, set for March 1-4, was canceled a day before it was set to begin due to safety concerns tied to the coronavirus.
06 Mar 2020
The container terminal at the Port of Baltimore was closed Thursday and will close again March 17 due to declining cargo volumes through the port that stem from production cuts in China as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
06 Mar 2020
A call in Los Angeles-Long Beach on Sunday by mega-ship MSC Oscar will begin the urgent task of evacuating empty containers and carrying laden export containers to Asia, which have been restricted by blank sailings in the trans-Pacific trades.
06 Mar 2020
Due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus, truckers are urging the Federal Maritime Commission to push for relief against detention charges and rising chassis fees.
06 Mar 2020
CMA CGM extended its $535 million credit lines with Neptune Orient Line for another three years, giving it a little breathing room.
06 Mar 2020
Low-sulfur fuel prices that were already on a sharp dive are being pushed even lower by the impact of the coronavirus on the global economy, and it’s an open question whether normally bullish indicators have enough strength to slow the downward momentum.
06 Mar 2020
Dutch heavy transport carrier Roll Group is looking to take advantage of the growing Asian offshore decommissioning and fabrication markets with a new facility at Bintan Island.
06 Mar 2020
The global nature of the coronavirus outbreak is throwing containerized goods supply and demand out of whack, but a way through the fog for all parties could be to lean more heavily on predictive analytics software.
06 Mar 2020
Shippers and transportation providers are hoping the 2019 European Union–Mercosur free trade agreement will finally bring some much-needed stability to the northbound South America–Europe trade lane, but lawmakers in Europe are having a tough time ratifying the deal.
06 Mar 2020
By laying the groundwork for increased competition between Kansas City Southern of Mexico (KCSM), which has no direct rail access to Veracruz at present, and Ferrosur, which does, the new two-rail link is positioned to drive not only service improvements, but volume growth.
05 Mar 2020
J.B. Hunt Transportation Services, one of the largest US intermodal providers, is making a strong push into the temperature-controlled business by doubling its container fleet in 2020.
05 Mar 2020
The $300 million project allows GCT Deltaport to build longer trains faster and with less human accident risk, and boosts the Vancouver terminal’s annual capacity from 1.8 million TEU to 2.4 million.
05 Mar 2020
The financial hit to airlines in their battle to withstand a rapid drop in cargo and passenger revenue will be enormous, according to the industry trade association IATA.
05 Mar 2020
Difficulties transporting cargo in and out of China and fast-rising air charter rates are pushing shippers and their forwarders towards multimodal services.
05 Mar 2020
Dynamic ocean freight pricing — often conflated with instant quoting — can create some unintended consequences that rebound on the intermediaries upon which shippers rely.
05 Mar 2020
The coronavirus outbreak will amplify pricing and capacity swings in US trucking this year, and logistics experts warn that will mean a price shock for shippers.
 XPO’s Jacobs: Technology to transform shipping sooner than you think
05 Mar 2020
“Artificial intelligence is the biggest, biggest catalyst of change that I see in the world, and in our industry,” said Brad Jacobs, the chairman and CEO of XPO Logistics.
04 Mar 2020
US business activity stumbled in February, according to IHS Markit, perhaps in part due to the new coronavirus disease. That put more pressure on less-than-truckload shipping volumes.
04 Mar 2020
While Ocean Network Express is waiving detention penalties tied to the coronavirus, other ocean carriers have not shown as much flexibility when cargo owners cannot return empty boxes during the supply chain disruption.
04 Mar 2020
The Harbor Trucking Association in Southern California and Kuehne & Nagel are beginning to incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning to move into predictive and prescriptive analytics.
04 Mar 2020
Indian shipping sources expect import volumes to fall by double-digits in April due to the coronavirus, and the sector is scrambling to deal with the growing problems of equipment shortages and container dislocation.
04 Mar 2020
The ripple effects of China’s production curbs in February to combat the spread of the coronavirus continue to be felt around the world.
04 Mar 2020
Ocean Network Express said a raft of trans-Pacific and regional services are being hit by port congestion in Busan as officials report surging transshipment volumes amid diversions related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in China.