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 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.
From left: Matt Priest, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America; Chris Brooks, JOC Group; Foster Finley, Managing Director, Alix Partners; Julia K. Hughes, United States Fashion Industry Association; Alan P. Kaufman, Toy Industry Association.
04 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Cal.--The U.S. is becoming an increasingly attractive place to source manufacturing production, putting it on a par with Mexico as the preferred near-sourcing location, according to the latest AlixPartners Manufacturing Sourcing Outlook.
Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx, speaking at the JOC's TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif.
04 Mar 2014
In a keynote speech delivered March 3 at the JOC’s 14th annual TPM conference, Frederick W. Smith, the chairman, president and CEO of global transport operator FedEx, condemned the increase in trade barriers in the wake of the Great Recession of 2008-9.
04 Mar 2014
Summa, the Russian energy and transport conglomerate, confirmed its plans to build a container terminal in Ukraine when tensions between Moscow and Kiev ease.
Fred Smith of FedEx
03 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — A rising tide of protectionism, combined with “low-growth” policies, is impeding the global economic recovery and could threaten historic levels of prosperity, Frederick W. Smith, the chairman, president and CEO of global transport operator FedEx, said today.
03 Mar 2014
U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., today introduced legislation that would replace the Harbor Maintenance Tax with a fee on all containers that originate internationally, the latest attempt by state leaders to stop the diversion of U.S.-bound cargo through Canadian ports.
02 Mar 2014
Japan becomes the latest country to require information from shippers of containerized cargo before the cargo heads to sea, with its 24-hour advanced manifest rule coming into force.
27 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department Homeland of Security has until July to meet a federal mandate requiring all U.S.-bound containers to be scanned at nearly 750 foreign ports. DHS isn’t going to make it.
A foggy Minnesota highway
26 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — Is President Obama’s proposal to increase surface transportation funding through corporate tax reform the new “peace” dividend?
26 Feb 2014
President Obama will ask Congress to pass a $302 billion, four-year transportation bill this year during a stop in St. Paul, Minn., backed in part by potential savings from an overhaul of the U.S. tax code.
25 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — The next battle in the ongoing fight over increasing truck weight and size is on the horizon, as the House and Senate begin work on the next federal surface transportation bill.
24 Feb 2014
The Port of Nagoya in central Japan retained its status as the biggest export hub among the nation’s airports and seaports in 2013 in terms of value, according to recent figures from Tokyo Customs and Nagoya Customs.
Acting U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen
24 Feb 2014
Acting U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen last week sat down with JOC Senior Editor Mark Szakonyi to discuss how the agency could help the U.S. Merchant Marine survive — and even thrive. Jaenichen in January said U.S.-flag carriers in international markets are “at a tipping point,” and the creation and implementation of a National Maritime Strategy is key to make the Merchant Marine sail ahead.
21 Feb 2014
Japan’s exports to the United States rose for the 13th straight month in January on a year-on-year basis, soaring 21.9 percent to ¥1.0 trillion (US$9.9 billion), according to preliminary figures released by the Finance Ministry on Feb. 20.
21 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — Following a series of accidents involving trains hauling crude oil, the major U.S. railroads and federal regulators have agreed to series of safety practices, including slower speeds through urban areas and increased inspections.
21 Feb 2014
The pilots of the UPS cargo plane that crashed on Aug. 14, 2013, had complained about the company’s tiring work schedules at the start of the fatal flight before making landing errors...
20 Feb 2014
The transport industry and China’s trade will receive a major boost if efforts to improve its logistics performance are a success, senior 3PL executives believe.
20 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said President Obama’s signing of an executive order to streamline cargo processes creates a roadmap for completion, puts a spotlight on the importance of trade and raises awareness of the need for other federal agencies to help speed up freight clearance.
20 Feb 2014
The DAT national average dry van spot market rate stayed at its $1.97 per mile high last week, as more severe winter storms snarled supply chains from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast and inland.
20 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Surface Transportation Board told BNSF Railway that it’s increasingly concerned about the “deterioration in service” shippers have experienced on the Class I railroad’s network.
20 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — President Obama today issued an executive order aimed at making it easier and faster for U.S. shippers to import and export by streamlining cargo processes and requiring a transition to electronic paperwork by 2017.
19 Feb 2014
Japan’s economic growth slowed further in the October-December quarter as exports, a key driver of expansion, remained weak, according to a preliminary report released by the Cabinet Office on Feb. 17.
19 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — The G6 Alliance could have the go-ahead from U.S. regulators to expand its vessel-sharing agreement into the Asia-U.S. West Coast and trans-Atlantic routes by early April.
Apples with Chinese and U.S. flags on them
19 Feb 2014
U.S. beef, Chinese solar panels, genetically modified corn and U.S. software were high on the agenda at annual trade talks the U.S. and China held in mid-January. Chinese officials also revealed the top item on their agriculture wish list: access to the U.S. market for apples grown in China.