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

14 Jan 2021
As author of the Q&A column, Colin Barrett answered detailed and often obscure legal questions on shipping for 48 years, educating generations of shippers.
10 Apr 2014
Bulk rail shippers ranging from agriculture to coal producers told the U.S. Surface Transportation Board today that poor rail service must be solved before their business suffers even more.
10 Apr 2014
U.S. shippers in the coming weeks will engage in a full-court press on Capitol Hill and at the White House to voice the importance of preventing labor disruption at West Coast ports as the expiration of the current coastwise longshore agreement approaches.
10 Apr 2014
The Senate yesterday confirmed President Obama’s nomination to the Surface Transportation Board, thrusting Debra Miller into the rail regulatory agency as it grapples with a myriad of issues.
09 Apr 2014
It has been several months since China’s first Pilot Free Trade Zone (Shanghai FTZ) launched in Shanghai, but the shipping and logistics industry is still waiting for more policies to be clarified.
09 Apr 2014
Opponents of allowing larger and heavier trucks on the nation’s highways are already calling foul on a yet-to-be-released study by the U.S. Department of Transportation and want President Obama to put the research on hold.
09 Apr 2014
Despite growing concerns about tight supplies and rising prices, U.S. red meat exports performed well in February...
08 Apr 2014
A high-powered Singapore business delegation left for China’s Shandong Province today on a mission to boost exports to the country and attract investors.
08 Apr 2014
Australia has secured a significant competitive advantage in the lucrative Japanese beef market over its main rival, the United States.
08 Apr 2014
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood doesn’t have much faith in Congress getting it act together soon to pass a surface transportation bill.
07 Apr 2014
Signaling an end to the winter doldrums and the beginning of a busy spring in the U.S. container trades, Global Port Tracker is forecasting that imports in April will increase 6.1 percent over April 2013.
U.S. containerized exports through February 2014. Source: PIERS, the Data Division of JOC Group Inc.
07 Apr 2014
U.S. containerized exports tumbled 9.0 percent year-over-year in February to 923,493 TEUs, the lowest monthly volume in 32 months, according to preliminary figures from PIERS, the Data Division of JOC Group. This 9.0 percent drop was also the steepest year-over-year decline since August 2009.
07 Apr 2014
Foreign investment in the five founding members of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, last year topped $128.4 billion, five times the 2001 level, Merrill Lynch economist Chua Hak Bin said in a report carried today by the South China Morning Post.
04 Apr 2014
Changes coming to Mexican customs regulations in October will give maquiladoras, or manufacturers focused on exports, more competitive pricing on brokerage and allow brokers to expand the number of ports of entry where they manage cargo.
03 Apr 2014
HONG KONG –– Supply chain security is being threatened by the fast growing e-commerce market, which is generating huge vo
03 Apr 2014
One of the largest Mexican rail shippers said it supports more regulation of the country's three major railroads but is against a proposal being debated in Mexico City that would require the country’s two rail concession holders to share their lines with third parties.
03 Apr 2014
DHL Global Forwarding, named on April 1 by Singapore’s competition watchdog as one of 11 forwarders involved in 2002 to 2007 price-fixing of Japan to Singapore shipments, said the economic effects of its activities were “minimal.”
03 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission yesterday unanimously voted to allow the G6 Alliance to expand into the Asia-U.S. West Coat and trans-Atlantic routes.
02 Apr 2014
FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index for February, published in the April issue of Trucking Update, fell to a reading of 7.54, down slightly from the previous month...
02 Apr 2014
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02 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON — Two U.S. House leaders earlier this week asked the congressional watchdog to investigate two studies used to justify changes to hours of service rules for truck drivers, the latest sign the industry isn’t giving up its fight against the regulations.
02 Apr 2014
NEWPORT, R.I. — Companies must “keep the pressure on” for congressional passage of pro-trade legislation, said Jonathan Gold, vice president, supply chain and customs policy, at the National Retail Federation.
02 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S House yesterday unanimously approved legislation aimed at reforming the Federal Maritime Commission and require the Maritime Administration to create a National Maritime Strategy.
01 Apr 2014
The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Tokyo rose 2.8 percent in 2013 from a year earlier to a new record high of 4.353 million 20-foot-equivalent units, according to preliminary figures released by the Tokyo metropolitan government.
01 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON — Following many shippers’ complaints of poor rail service, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board said today it will hear on April 10 from Class I carriers and their customers on what can done to improve service.
01 Apr 2014
Descartes Systems Group has acquired Computer Management USA to expand its software as a service offering for logistics clients, particularly those in the U.S. air freight industry.
01 Apr 2014
Transportation writer Greg Knowler joined the JOC today as senior editor for Asia.
U.S. containerized imports of auto parts in the fourth quarter rose 1.0 percent year-over-year.
01 Apr 2014
Containerized auto parts imported through U.S. ports reached 205,139 TEUs in the fourth quarter of 2013, increasing 1.0 percent year-over-year, according to PIERS, the data division of JOC Group.
31 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Some U.S. and Canadian railcar shippers could get some pricing relief if efforts in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa to change switching rules take effect.
31 Mar 2014
It’s not fiesta time for shippers or carriers south of the border — south of the Panama border,
31 Mar 2014
JOC Economist Mario Moreno has lowered his forecasts for the U.S. containerized trade with both coasts of South America.
28 Mar 2014
With nerves fraying about upcoming talks between waterfront employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, with memories fresh of jurisdictional issues that have led to sporadic protests in the Pacific Northwest and with chassis shortages causing long delays at Los Angeles-Long Beach, West Coast ports are as exposed as they’ve been in recent memory.
28 Mar 2014
Staring at an incremental bill for low-sulfur fuel estimated at $75 billion to $100 billion per year for container ships beginning in 2020...
Grain train in Canada
27 Mar 2014
The Canadian government yesterday introduced legislation aimed at forcing the country’s two largest freight railroads to move grain faster...
27 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House subcommittee yesterday accused the Obama administration of underfunding port and inland waterway projects through its proposed fiscal 2015 budget.
27 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Canada Transport Minister Lisa Raitt sharply criticized proposed U.S. legislation that would tax cargo entering the U.S. from Canadian ports, saying the Senate and House bills would harm trade relations between the two countries if passed.