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

18 Feb 2020
Truckload carrier Alabama Motor Express sees opportunities to grow by purchasing smaller carriers hit by rising truck insurance premiums.
01 Apr 2016
Motor carriers seeking road permits for oversize or overweight loads in the European Union face a patchwork of country-by-country rules, with little automation to smooth the process.
01 Apr 2016
When a project shipment includes heavy or oversize cargo, among the first questions asked are: Which roads and bridges can safely handle the loads? And what permits will be needed? Answers can be especially tricky in the U.S., where 50 states and thousands of counties and municipalities issue permits for an ever-growing volume of out-of-gauge shipments.
31 Mar 2016
The first of many deadlines in the rollout of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ACE “single window” initiative came and went Thursday without any major hiccups.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
30 Mar 2016
Shippers that use forwarders to move full-container-load boxes will not escape responsibility to comply with global container weight rules even if they are not officially the “shipper” under the carrier’s bill of lading.
30 Mar 2016
Mediterranean Shipping Co. said it will use Inttra’s eVGM software to receive shippers’ submissions of verified gross mass, which will be required July 1 under the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea amendment.
30 Mar 2016
A proposed class-action complaint filed with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission seeks unspecified damages for car buyers who allegedly paid higher costs for motor vehicles because of price-fixing by roll-on, roll off carriers.
29 Mar 2016
The president of an association representing container terminal operators is confident that Brazil will be ready for the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, Verified Gross Mass rule and has established a Special Technical Group to resolve any final concerns.
28 Mar 2016
A pact between India and Bangladesh to streamline and bolster coastal shipping operations between the two countries is beginning to bear fruit with the first departure of a container ship under those guidelines from Krishnapatnam, India, on Monday.
28 Mar 2016
Brazil meat exporters had a week of both good and bad news as they seek new markets in Latin America to capitalize on the depreciation of the local currency, the real, which has recently buoyed the country’s beef exports.
26 Mar 2016
News that the International Atomic Energy Agency had verified Iran’s compliance with requirements to curtail its nuclear program raised the hopes of project shippers eager to help restore Iranian infrastructure and energy production. But most companies will have to wait a while — and the wait may be longest for U.S. companies, which are likely to be stuck in line behind their European Union counterparts.
25 Mar 2016
Nepal will be given access to China’s Bohai Rim port of Tianjin in an agreement signed in Beijing this week, allowing the landlocked mountain republic to break its near total dependence on trade routes through India.
24 Mar 2016
Most small trucking operations do not have electronic logging devices or any type of on-board computer, and don’t plan to purchase and install them until a December 2017 deadline draws closer, a survey of 1,300 trucking operators found.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
23 Mar 2016
There are now less than 100 days before a new international container weight rule goes into effect and the rollout is taking shape in very different ways in each of the 162 participating nations, with some governments giving clear guidelines while others haven’t provided any direction at all to date.
22 Mar 2016
U.S. truck tonnage leaped 7.2 percent in February, after declining a revised 0.3 percent in January, the American Trucking Associations said March 22. Will March gains be as strong?
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
21 Mar 2016
Ocean carriers are telling exporters that even though they are required to provide a single, certified weight for containers that includes the weight of the container itself, exporters are not legally responsible for verifying the weight of the container.
21 Mar 2016
Dutch ports, led by Rotterdam, are to appeal an EU ruling that they must pay corporation tax from next year.
21 Mar 2016
The European Shippers’ Council has urged the EU to "abolish" completely rather than modify ocean carriers’ pricing system of general rate increases.
21 Mar 2016
Two German shipping companies have been sentenced to pay $1.5 million after pleading guilty to charges arising from use of a “magic pipe” to illegally dump oily bilge water from the general cargo ship BBC Magellan.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
21 Mar 2016
Compliance with the new container weight verification rule that will be imposed on July 1 is beginning to crystallize around two key points for shippers: What is the carrier cut-off time for submission of the Verified Gross Mass, and will boxes without the VGM be stopped at the gate?
18 Mar 2016
Washington state legislators are once again pushing to reform the U.S. Harbor Maintenance Fee in an effort to secure more funding for the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, two gateways facing stiff competition from Western Canadian ports for U.S.-bound cargo.
18 Mar 2016
With U.S. truckload capacity at its highest level since the recession, and freight demand slow to rise, truck shippers increasingly are resisting rate increases, the latest indices from Cass and Avondale Partners indicate.
17 Mar 2016
Shippers seeking to avoid supply chain disruption on July 1 when a new container weight rule takes effect need to be mindful of one key fact irrespective of what they may or may not be hearing from government enforcement agencies: No matter what country a ship is departing from, container carriers cannot load a container for which it has not received a verified gross mass declaration from the shipper.
17 Mar 2016
APM Terminals is working to determine which of its 72 terminals are suitable for offering container-weighing services so that shippers and carriers can be assured they are in compliance with the verified gross mass amendment to SOLAS, which takes effect July 1.
17 Mar 2016
In a followup to a previous trade advisory, customs authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust have set up a separate wing to handle processes related to “direct port delivery” for the clearance of import freight from India’s biggest public container gateway as part of larger program to facilitate trade and ease congestion in the harbor.
16 Mar 2016
U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade experts say it will be nearly impossible for U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump to pursue many of the cornerstones of his trade platform: including his now-infamous wall and severe tariffs on Mexico imports.
16 Mar 2016
The Obama Administration has made it easier for container services calling the United States to add Cuba as port of call, a small step in unleashing container trade between the two countries that has been stymied by a 56-year trade embargo.
16 Mar 2016
Exports of Brazilian beef jumped by more than a quarter in February year-over-year, which bodes well for the country’s exporters who have already been forecasting a bumper year ahead because of the weak national currency and the lifting of export bans.
15 Mar 2016
The U.S. Coast Guard shrugged off suggestions that the rollout of a controversial new container weight regulation is mired in confusion and concern at a congressional hearing Tuesday.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
15 Mar 2016
Japan’s government has set an acceptable discrepancy between the verified gross mass and actual weight of a container at the upper end of its proposed range as the July 1 implementation of the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, container weight rule looms.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
14 Mar 2016
A group of 49 shippers associations and supply chain stakeholders is calling on the U.S. Coast Guard to leave unchanged the existing processes for finding and transmitting cargo weight information.
11 Mar 2016
In an effort to spur trade and economic growth, the government of India has lifted some of the current cabotage provisions that prevent foreign-flag ocean carriers from transporting containers between domestic gateway ports.
10 Mar 2016
Loaded truck miles were up 3 percent in February at Swift Transportation, the latest trucking company to report stronger U.S. freight demand. The carrier said customer inventories are dropping, and the U.S. Census bureau also reports some inventory reduction.
10 Mar 2016
JOC’s annual TPM Conference is one of the premier events for the shipping and transportation industry. Bringing so many different players together across industry segments brings out a variety of perspectives and ideas whose exchange reveals valuable and unexpected insight while sometimes casting issues into a completely new, and unexpected, light.
10 Mar 2016
Inttra, the ocean shipping e-marketplace, this week unveiled a demo of a new online platform aimed at allowing shippers to submit the verified gross mass — as required by the SOLAS container weight mandate that takes effect July 1 — just as seamlessly as they submit shipping instructions.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
10 Mar 2016
Following lengthy consultation with various stakeholders, India has drawn up its first draft of guidelines for the July 1 implementation of new container weight rules set by the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, convention.