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.
30 Aug 2016
Opposition to the shipment of liquid radioactive waste from Canada to South Carolina by truck spotlights broader challenge to hazardous materials transportation.
The electronic logging device mandate could create value for smaller trucking companies by enabling better shipment visibility.
29 Aug 2016
A U.S. federal mandate requiring truck drivers to use electronic logging devices by the end of next year won’t necessarily be the harbinger of a long-anticipated “capacity crunch.”
29 Aug 2016
An 11-year high tide combined with beach erosion to shut down South America’s busiest port and cast doubt on plans to dredge deeper so the port can handle larger ships.
Shippers and the Directorate of General of Shipping are unhappy with how some container terminals have been handling container weighing to comply with SOLAS.
29 Aug 2016
India’s maritime administrator is showing no sign of backing down from its previous diktat barring container terminal operators from offering container weighing services on-site for a fee.
29 Aug 2016
Trucking companies and freight shippers shouldn't expect a "rally" or "retreat" but a very slow rebound.
26 Aug 2016
A proposal to mandate speed-limiting technology on heavy trucks would increase demand for truck drivers, U.S. regulators admit.
The Ocean Alliance will get a new 45-day review period from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission after it submits responses to FMC queries.
25 Aug 2016
U.S. maritime regulators have more questions for the Ocean Alliance.
Two different parts of the federal government, the Commerce Department and Department of Transportation, are looking into the issue of productivity at U.S. ports.
24 Aug 2016
The U.S. federal government, with the help of shippers and others, is trying to come to grips with how to improve port productivity.
Containers from more than 30 countries and the U.S. that have recorded cases of the Zika virus are now subject to extra scrutiny from Chinese regulators.
24 Aug 2016
Many U.S. exporters are still confused about how to meet Chinese rules aimed at preventing the spread of the Zika virus.
24 Aug 2016
A new white paper commissioned by the Van Horne Institute and completed by JOC outlines how Canada can build on its success in creating inland ports.
It could be some time before Cuban container cranes, such as these pictured in Havana, start lifting more volumes bound for international markets.
24 Aug 2016
Commercial shipping's opportunities to do business with Cuba are unlikely to significantly improve until at least February 2018.
Shippers say changes to the motor carrier bill of lading have shifted the burden of proof for negligence from motor carriers to shippers.
23 Aug 2016
Two shipper groups are protesting changes to the uniform bill of lading, but does the U.S. Surface Transportation Board have the authority to intervene?
Dockworkers pose with their Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, which were mandated by Congress in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
23 Aug 2016
U.S. marine terminals and vessels handling dangerous bulk goods or carrying more than 1,000 passengers have been given a two-year deadline to electronically verify Transportation Worker Identification Credentials.
23 Aug 2016
Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer is pushing ahead with initiatives to boost trade following the likely impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's new funding will be used to fund road upgrades that will help address truck bottlenecks that can weigh on productivity at India's leading port.
23 Aug 2016
JNPT is the first major, or public, port to take advantage of a new policy under the Sagar Mala infrastructure development program.
Traffic at the Port of Qingdao, pictured, grew nearly 6 percent in July as manufacturing indices sent mixed messages on the state of the Chinese economy.
23 Aug 2016
Container throughput at China’s main ports rebounded in July after a poor first half of the year.
The pilot program was part of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and will ideally have roughly 200 members.
19 Aug 2016
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to test whether some under 21-year-old truck drivers are as safe as their older counterparts.
Ongoing infrastructure development in Africa will get a boost from the combined efforts of Pacific International Lines, China Merchant Port Holdings and China Machinery Engineering Corporation.
19 Aug 2016
Pacific International Lines has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s largest public port operator and a mainland construction giant to develop new markets.
19 Aug 2016
Strikes and slowdowns by Brazilian customs officers are causing chaos and losses for shippers and shipping lines.
18 Aug 2016
Containers shipped from the U.S. to China that are subject to that country’s regulations designed to prevent the spread of Zika virus won’t have to be fumigated but can instead be disinsected.
Some forwarders are reporting that fumigating a 40-foot container at a main Chinese port would cost a shipper an estimated 2,000 yuan ($301).
18 Aug 2016
There will be a time and cost element to fumigating your cargo on arrival in China to comply with Zika measures, forwarders tell shippers.
Few shippers see prices going up substantially this year, and some say the rates won’t change until at least April, when the new carrier alliances take effect.
17 Aug 2016
The dramatic descent of spot prices to five-year lows in both directions on the trans-Atlantic shipping route has sparked questions about how low the price can go, and if the once sleepy, stable route has changed.
The Port of Melbourne, pictured, has gone through a different privatization than other Australian ports in recent years, easing shipper concerns over the deal.
17 Aug 2016
The decision follows Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims’ attack on port privatizations in the country.
17 Aug 2016
The Indian government seems to be treading cautiously on its long-contemplated plan to restructure major public port trusts.
16 Aug 2016
The second round of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions constraints for heavy trucks gives manufacturers through 2027 to meet most stringent limits.
16 Aug 2016
Show-cause petition by equipment lessors charges LA-LB proposed chassis services fee violates Shipping Act.
Container fumigation, pictured, is now a prerequisite for containers entering China from some parts of the world.
16 Aug 2016
Chinese authorities have provided some guidance on how U.S. exporters need to show that they have made their shipments mosquito-free.
Officials hope that automated customs clearance will help relieve congestion at the port of Yangon fueled by infrastructure limitations and growing container volumes.
16 Aug 2016
Customs changes could help relieve crippling congestion at the port of Yangon in Myanmar.
12 Aug 2016
The controversial mandate requiring electronic logging devices in U.S. trucks by the end of next year will reappear before a federal court next month, jeopardizing the fate of the rule itself, and the so-called “capacity crunch” it was expected to generate.
The Port of Mumbai, pictured, is hoping to replicate the results of direct import delivery at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, which drastically cut container dwell times.
12 Aug 2016
Port of Mumbai this week issued a trade advisory calling on shippers to use direct port delivery services for the clearance of their import cargo.
11 Aug 2016
A customs change that would have forced shippers to divert cargo away from the port of St. Petersburg has been suspended.
Container fumigation, pictured, could add extra costs for shippers and the exact requirements for getting a Mosquito Eradication Certificate are uncertain.
10 Aug 2016
Efforts by Chinese authorities seeking to prevent the spread of Zika have sparked concerns among U.S. exporters.
The additional Hong Kong warehousing capacity from Seko is aimed at shippers jostling for a piece of the largest e-commerce market on the planet.
10 Aug 2016
Surging e-commerce demand and spending in Asia has logistics companies looking to the future.
08 Aug 2016
IHS economist: the volume of containerized U.S. imports will grow at a slower pace than expected in 2016.
The U.S. economy created 255,000 jobs in July, a higher number than expected and although trucking employment has declined since 2015, it is still slightly above its pre-recession peak.
05 Aug 2016
Does an uptick in trucking jobs indicate the trucking market is stabilizing?