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

26 Jan 2021
National Shipping of America (NSA) made its inaugural call to Port Everglades last week after the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) designated the South Florida port as part of the country’s so-called Marine Highway system on Jan. 8.
29 Sep 2016
Regulations governing the shipment of lithium ion batteries tested by Samsung phone recall.
28 Sep 2016
Japan is seeking to re-establish a leading position of investment and influence in Africa.
The unique local manifestations of climate change present challenges for international terminal operators.
27 Sep 2016
"In certain cases the costs of upgrading will not be worth it, and you will likely see some facilities abandoned.”
27 Sep 2016
A prominent Russian maritime lawyer said the companies should appeal the decision in the hopes of having the decision overturned.
26 Sep 2016
Terminals at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s biggest container gateway, have come under fire from customs authorities for collecting “unauthorized” charges from shippers.
26 Sep 2016
Amazon has had to pay a fine for breaching lithium ion shipment rules.
US Customs and Border Protection has given the Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval pilot program a thumbs up.
23 Sep 2016
US importers stand to see faster clearance of their containers as Customs and Border Protection expands a pilot providing pre-clearance of shipments from four ports to every port in the country.
An effort to get approval for heavier trucks on Texan roadways failed in the legislature in 2015, but a second effort is now underway.
23 Sep 2016
A heavyweight fight is shaping up in the Texas Legislature over proposals to allow trucks to carry heavier loads over the state’s highways.
21 Sep 2016
Russia’s competition watchdog will split the denomination of tariffs for stevedoring into the local ruble and the US dollar.
21 Sep 2016
The US Department of Transportation laid down guidelines this week for manufacturers of automated vehicles that provide a clearer path forward for autonomous trucks.
20 Sep 2016
FedEx raised revenue, profit in its first quarter as owner of TNT Express, despite integration costs following acquisition.
20 Sep 2016
The US Federal Maritime Commission has had some success in helping cargo interests minimize costs and retrieve cargo stranded by Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy.
20 Sep 2016
Seasonal adjustments may account, in part, for an unusually strong gain in truck tonnage in "difficult-to-read" August.
19 Sep 2016
Although the rate of decline in Russia’s container trade slows, a dispute over pricing for container-handling services is clouding the medium- and long-term outlook for the trade.
Lonsdale Consortium has won a bid to lease the Port of Melbourne, pictured, and must invest in the port as a condition of the deal.
19 Sep 2016
The Port of Melbourne will have new owners for the next 50 years after a $7.3 billion bid was successful.
16 Sep 2016
The US Senate voted Wednesday to end debate on the Water Resources Development Act, setting up final passage for the legislation.
15 Sep 2016
Peak season finally arrives in the trans-Pacific.
McAllister tugs in New York
15 Sep 2016
A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday denied a motion by several fuel and towing companies to lift the prohibition on them seizing ships operated by Hanjin Shipping.
It is still up for debate what impact the widespread use of electronic logging devices by US truckers will have on capacity.
15 Sep 2016
A Transplace survey of 2,000 carriers shows smaller fleets lagging their larger counterparts when it comes to adopting electronic logging, though about half the companies queried already had ELDs in place.
15 Sep 2016
Despite strong steel and project shipments in several ports, general cargo volume on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System during the first half of the system’s 2016 navigation system.
Container lines agreed to get rid of a good deal of extra charges levies on top of base freight rates in India, but would not agree to stop charging for inland haulage and terminal handling.
15 Sep 2016
India’s maritime regulator is targeting ocean carrier surcharge.
14 Sep 2016
The number and value of shoes Brazil exports around the globe rose in the first eight months of the year.
14 Sep 2016
The proposed block exemption for liner shipping in Hong Kong is off for public consultation.
The Hugh K. Leatherman terminal at the Port of Charleston, pictured under construction, will increase the port's overall capacity by 50 percent upon completion.
13 Sep 2016
The Port of Charleston and the state of South Carolina over the next decade will spend a combined $2.2 billion to handle New Panamax ships.
12 Sep 2016
Hanjin Shipping’s dire financial state under bankruptcy protection has raised questions on whether the South Korean line or its creditors may try to force shippers to pay for not delivering the number of containers that were contracted.
A maritime security program designed in the wake of 9/11 may not have been as effective as hoped.
12 Sep 2016
Lax oversight by regulators has made it possible that maritime workers with criminal backgrounds are working at US ports.
12 Sep 2016
India is rolling out more trade-facilitating measures to speed up cargo flows and ease congestion at major ports.
10 Sep 2016
Pending US trucking regulations may play a significant role in market share of trucking and intermodal industries.
A lack of standardized data elements is just one of the problems that make measuring port productivity such a daunting task.
09 Sep 2016
Groups like the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness have found a place in the spotlight in recent months as the US government has shown a keener interest in port productivity.
09 Sep 2016
Largest US truckload carrier sees increase in demand from contract customers, but rates still down 1 to 1.5 percent.
08 Sep 2016
After devastating flooding forced the closure of South America’s largest port and cast doubts on the viability of dredging plans so it can handle mega-ships, one consultant thinks he has come up with a solution.
08 Sep 2016
The Hong Kong Shippers Council is putting pressure on the government to convince HIT to drop its high Hanjin container release charges or it will launch a court action against the terminal.
The US Federal Maritime Commission has asked shippers to report any unreasonable increases in cost or decreases in service they encounter in dealing with Hanjin Shipping cargo.
07 Sep 2016
The containers were set to be exported, but Hanjin’s Aug. 31 bankruptcy filing prevented them from being loaded.
As shippers grapple with container lines, terminals and others to secure their Hanjin Cargo, they may also have to make changes to US Customs documentation.
07 Sep 2016
US Customs and Border Protection is the second US federal agency to issue guidance to shippers and other industry stakeholders after the shipping giant filed for court receivership in Korea and later applied for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the United States last week.
Chinese regulators have reduced the Zika-prevention requirements for US exports to China several times since they were first announced.
07 Sep 2016
Chinese authorities have backed off a mandate that all containers arriving in China from the United States must comply with special rules designed to prevent the spread of Zika.