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

25 Nov 2020
US federal maritime regulator’s decision to increase scrutiny of container lines is part of a larger global effort to monitor how carriers are behaving.
18 Mar 2014
Trade with India, which has been crimped by chronic port congestion at its public ports, may accelerate in the future as a result of the easing of congestion at major container ports...
Containers on dock
18 Mar 2014
A coalition of global shipper groups today urged the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission and European Commission to investigate the impact the P3 Network would have on price and service.
Road
18 Mar 2014
Shippers need to pay as much attention to supply chain safety as supply chain efficiency, or be prepared for greater government involvement in how they run their businesses and manage supply chains.
18 Mar 2014
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics today was fined ¥3.5 billion (about US$34.6 million) by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission for participating in a cartel...
U.S. containerized exports through January 2014. Source: PIERS, the Data Division of JOC Group Inc.
17 Mar 2014
U.S. containerized exports slipped 1.2 percent year-over-year in January to 958,708 TEUs...
Cargo train platform at sunset with container.
17 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — A new study suggesting U.S. freight railcar premiums have soared in recent years...
17 Mar 2014
The stricter enforcement of Chinese forwarding regulations could force container lines to turn away business and force forwarders out of the market.
17 Mar 2014
A proposed rule that would require truck and bus drivers to replace paper logbooks with electronic devices is “on the street” and available for review online...
16 Mar 2014
SHANGHAI — Forwarders in China still can’t deduct freight payments of a value-added tax, even though Chinese officials provided additional guidelines earlier this year.
Kansas City Southern de México
14 Mar 2014
Change is coming to the Mexican freight rail industry, but it’s too soon to determine whether the push for reform will lead to a major overhaul or something much more moderate.
13 Mar 2014
India’s exports shrank for the first time in eight months in February on a year-over-year basis...
Sad teddy bear
13 Mar 2014
The Toy Industry Association is advising its members to make contingency plans for their summer-fall shipments...
U.S. containerized imports through February 2014. Source: PIERS
13 Mar 2014
U.S. containerized import volume fell 7.2 percent year-over-year in February 2014, according to advance figures from PIERS, the data division of JOC Group Inc.
13 Mar 2014
The FMCSA is close to publishing its much anticipated proposed rulemaking that would require all heavy truck drivers to use electronic devices to complete their daily and weekly logs.
Mexico was the top market for U.S. pork exports by volume in January, although the No. 1 market in terms of value was Japan.
12 Mar 2014
U.S. red meat exports kicked off 2014 on a “positive note,” although market conditions suggest the year ahead could be “challenging,” according to statistics...
Shoes
12 Mar 2014
Rising labor costs and a shortage of workers in coastal China are two of the most serious problems footwear producers in that country face...
12 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — A breakbulk and container line, and three non-vessel operating common carriers have agreed to pay $350,000 total in civil penalties following Federal Maritime Commission allegations that they violated the Shipping Act of 1984 and the agency’s regulations.
Euromaidan protesters in Kiev, Ukraine in January 2014.
12 Mar 2014
The European Commission has adopted a proposal to temporarily remove customs duties on Ukrainian exports to the European Union until Nov. 1, 2014...
12 Mar 2014
The release of a new study on the Mexican freight railway industry provides ammunition to the sector’s defense of its concession agreements, and hints at a potential compromise between the railroads and legislators aiming to open up industry to other carriers.
11 Mar 2014
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma can each gather information on their operations, facilities and rates, and share the data with the other after the Federal Maritime Commission unanimously approved the discussion agreement last week.
10 Mar 2014
U.S. container ports will enjoy a big increase in containerized imports this month now that factories in Asia are back in full operation following the Chinese New Year celebration.
09 Mar 2014
China’s target of 7.5 percent GDP growth in 2014 will be a spur to shipping demand in the coming months, according to one shipping analyst.
07 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Fresh off his Senate confirmation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske today acknowledged industry concerns that he wouldn’t balance trade facilitation and security but said he understands the importance of doing so.
07 Mar 2014
The Canadian government is requiring the nation’s two largest freight railroad to move about 551,000 tons of grains weekly or suffer daily fines of up to C$100,000 (approximately US$90,000).
07 Mar 2014
Sea Star Line LLC will pay $1.9 million and Horizon Lines LLC will pay $1.5 million to settle claims that government agencies were victimized by a carrier price-fixing scheme in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade from 2002 to 2008.
06 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. and Mexican shippers and transportation providers in their countries’ trusted traded programs could see faster cargo processing at the shared border as soon as late 2014, Mexico head of customs today.
06 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today gave a positive picture of the Obama administration’s trade agenda success and reiterated the importance of the president gaining authority to submit two ongoing major trade pacts to Congress for a simple yes-or-no vote.
06 Mar 2014
The Obama administration has said Georgia can’t use its own money to begin deepening Savannah’s harbor until a new Water Resources Development Act is passed. Port and state officials say they still hope to start dredging this year.
06 Mar 2014
Chilean carrier CSAV will pay a $625,000 civil penalty to resolve U.S. government allegations it violated the Shipping Act in connection with a scheme to fix prices for shipments of roll-on, roll-off shipments such as cars and trucks.
Port of Rotterdam
06 Mar 2014
The port of Rotterdam said it’s missing out on almost one million standard containers a year because rival ports in Germany and Belgium, led by Hamburg and Antwerp, receive “unfair” financial support from their governments.
04 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The U.S. federal government should not only use all collected Harbor Maintenance Taxes on port projects, but should also require states and cities to put more skin in their game to reduce questionable deepening work, a maritime analyst said yesterday.