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.
15 Dec 2016
Independent truckers want the full appellate court to rehear its case against the government's electronic logging mandate, as the compliance clock ticks louder.
15 Dec 2016
The only one of the four main terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey that does not have an on- or near-dock rail link will soon get one.
15 Dec 2016
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says language in a rule issued last year seen as "requiring" sleep apnea testing violates the law.
15 Dec 2016
South Africa’s national ports authority, Transnet, said it will shortly release a multi-billion-rand tender for maritime construction works at the country’s primary container port.
14 Dec 2016
The fight between the three major shipping alliances on US trades officially starts in April.
14 Dec 2016
It’s not clear just how much of an impact $1 billion in investment had on the top Florida ports gaining a larger share of Asia imports, but the gains are real.
14 Dec 2016
In another big-ticket reform initiative, India’s union cabinet on Wednesday approved new legislation meant to transform major, or public, ports into independent companies.
14 Dec 2016
Debt restructuring at a Santos container terminal that now relies on breakbulk cargo paves the way to a concession extension.
14 Dec 2016
The Malacca Strait is probably the hottest region in the world for port development at the moment.
Trucking companies say that rolling back of some hours-of-service requirements will restore productivity lost when they were put in place.
13 Dec 2016
As the Obama administration winds down, federal regulators are rolling out some long-awaited trucking safety rules, while Congress legislates driver hours of service. Some groups would like president-elect Trump to block pending rules.
13 Dec 2016
Under the original development master plan, Gwadar was to handle about 100 million tonnes (110.2 million tons) of cargo in 2017, but it is nowhere near achieving that figure.
13 Dec 2016
International Container Terminal Services Inc. is set to open its new Melbourne terminal in January.
12 Dec 2016
Here’s what shippers, marine terminals, port authorities, and container lines need to know about the 728-page Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation bill, which covers water infrastructure from irrigation to drinking water projects.
12 Dec 2016
The US toy trade continues to feel the force of demand powered by the Star Wars films.
12 Dec 2016
The proposed Novaporte project at Sydney and a rival one at Melford, 200 miles across Cape Breton Island, have been trying for several years to attract investors and dispel industry skepticism about their prospects.
12 Dec 2016
The tax reforms provide another release valve for growing financial pressure.
12 Dec 2016
China state-controlled company China Merchants signed a deal with the government of Sri Lanka to buy an 80 percent stake in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota deep-sea port.
09 Dec 2016
Talk of construction along the US-Mexican border is about more than building a wall.
08 Dec 2016
US regulators are reviewing a proposed agreement between two marine terminal operators at the Port of Miami that would allow the terminals to jointly negotiate terms and conditions with container lines — a first for the United States.
08 Dec 2016
One card and one security background check should be enough for truck drivers, American Trucking Associations CEO tells Senate subcommittee.
08 Dec 2016
Is Trump truly anti-free trade, and if so, will he also train his eye on the Central America Free Trade Agreement, the decade-old trade pact that was modeled after NAFTA?
08 Dec 2016
As the Brazilian currency, the real, has weakened, international demand for Brazilian meat has surged, with pork being the biggest beneficiary.
08 Dec 2016
Europe’s private port and terminal operators have called for “clear and stable” regulations to ensure adequate returns on their investments in an increasingly unsustainable market.
07 Dec 2016
The overall number of truck driver hours-of-service violations cited by roadside inspectors dropped in fiscal 2016, but certain types of violations increased.
07 Dec 2016
Maersk Line’s acquisition of Hamburg Sud will likely force it to sell its Brazilian flag operation Mercosul Line, which could open the door to CMA CGM or Mediterranean Shipping Co. to enter the closed Brazilian coastal shipping market.
07 Dec 2016
Global container lines found guilty of cartel practices in the Russian market are seeking a settlement with Russian authorities in an attempt to avoid multi-million dollar fines.
Shippers have incurred heavy costs when their containers have been locked behind terminal gates for reasons outside their control.
07 Dec 2016
A broad range of US shippers, truckers, and transportation intermediaries are asking federal maritime regulators to consider creating a rule to prevent marine terminals and container lines from charging demurrage and detention fees.
06 Dec 2016
Bipartisan legislation would make it easier for US Customs and Border Protection to partner with private companies or entities to fund infrastructure improvements at US border crossings and ports of entry.
06 Dec 2016
A private sector-fueled initiative guided by the US Federal Maritime Commission aims to create a national portal in which key, non-proprietary information is shared with shippers, liners, truckers, and others to reduce port congestion.
06 Dec 2016
In order to draw in more international and national investors, the Brazilian government is poised to extend its minimum period for port concessions.
06 Dec 2016
Indian shippers who have been reeling from unpredictable demand may have some cost relief on the way after the Directorate General of Shipping and stakeholders moved a step closer to reaching an agreement over abolition of shipping surcharges.
05 Dec 2016
House and Senate negotiators Monday released a compromise water infrastructure bill — with some long-anticipated federal dollars for harbor deepening projects at Port Everglades and Charleston — and plan to send it to President Obama’s desk before the end of the week.
05 Dec 2016
The Port of Virginia hopes the expansion of a nearby foreign trade zone will make the port more attractive to shippers.
05 Dec 2016
A drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse could potentially further reduce the pool of available labor in an industry already battling a shortage of drivers.
05 Dec 2016
Russian and global transport companies are in a heated fight for control of Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port, Russia’s largest stevedore company.