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

29 Jun 2022
Hot on the heels of major shipping reform signed into law, two California Congressmen have introduced a bill that would incentivize vessels to carry US ag exports or call multiple US ports.
30 Sep 2015
The great swell in U.S. transportation, warehousing and utility jobs receded in July after hitting historic heights in April and May, but demand for workers remains strong in a complex employment market. Hiring numbers, and separations, continue to rise.
30 Sep 2015
Total U.S. freight movement dropped in August, and new orders also declined, setting the stage for flat growth for the rest of the year, forecasts an organization representing supply chain logistics professionals. The message builds on the ominous signs for freight growth seen through high inventories and high sales-to-inventory ratios.
29 Sep 2015
U.S. containerized imports this year will surpass 20 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first time, driven by continued strength in housing, automobiles and consumer spending, predicts JOC Senior Economist Mario O. Moreno.
28 Sep 2015
There is no “medium-term” prospect of the European Union expanding sulfur emission regulations for container lines to the Mediterranean, a Port of Barcelona executive said last week.
28 Sep 2015
U.S.-flag requirements raised shipping costs of taxpayer-funded international food aid by 23 percent between 2011 and 2014, according to a government report that provides fresh ammunition to critics of U.S. cargo preference laws.
28 Sep 2015
The Indian federal government is retreating from a controversial “corporatization” plan to transform ‘major’, or public, port trusts into independent companies following stiff opposition from labor unions and some political groups, dealing a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reform efforts to stimulate trade and economic growth.
27 Sep 2015
In a historic policy shift, Japan’s Abe government hopes to leverage the potential of free trade agreements to revitalize its medium- and long-term economic productivity and global competitiveness.
25 Sep 2015
India’s director general of shipping Deepak Shetty said that while the country is working to streamline its bureaucracy to facilitate maritime trade, the total removal of cabotage protections was out of the question.
24 Sep 2015
A new rule protecting U.S. truck drivers from dispatchers and others who encourage them to violate federal regulations to meet unrealistic delivery deadlines may be on the books as soon as next month, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. But an FMCSA official and at least two shipping executives say it’s a resolution to what may never have been a significant problem in the industry to begin with.
APM Terminals, Brazil Port of Itajai
24 Sep 2015
As a concession to the owners of the established port terminals and to encourage them to invest more in their container terminals, Brazil’s Special Ports Ministry has been negotiating to extend the concession periods before the contracts require.
23 Sep 2015
China’s factory output contracted further in September, falling to its lowest level in more than six years as weak external demand continues to put the brakes on the country’s exports.
22 Sep 2015
Controversial provisions of truck driver hours-of-service rules suspended by Congress last year are likely to stay suspended until Congress acts, a representative from the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says.
22 Sep 2015
A coalition of truckers, cargo interests and trade organizations is preparing to ask the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to restrict charges for late pickup or delivery of containers
22 Sep 2015
Taiwan may have to count on demand for new Apple products in the fourth quarter to boost exports that in August contracted for the fifth consecutive month, according to the island’s economic affairs ministry.
20 Sep 2015
Procrastinating importers and exporters who cheered the latest delay in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment for filing documentation are only hurting themselves if they don’t start using ACE when it becomes voluntary on Nov. 1, Customs specialists say.
18 Sep 2015
Proposed shipping legislation moving through Australia’s Parliament would upend the nation’s cabotage law and clear the way for non-Australian carriers to enter the nation’s coastal trade.
17 Sep 2015
As retailers gear up for this year’s peak holiday shipping season, consumers are looking to them for one thing: more options, according to a new Pitney Bowes survey.
17 Sep 2015
Household spending in the U.S. and European Union will revive flagging container shipping demand in the second half, a chief shipping analyst at BIMCO said.
17 Sep 2015
The deadlines for federal rules requiring U.S. truck drivers to use electronic logging devices and prohibiting shippers, brokers and motor carriers to break safety rules have been pushed back a month until Oct. 30.
17 Sep 2015
Low U.S. fuel prices give the trucking industry a window of opportunity to convince elected officials to increase the gasoline tax and dedicate the revenue to rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, trucking executives said this week.
17 Sep 2015
The seven-year U.S. economic recovery is getting "long in the tooth," Chicago Federal Reserve Bank economist William Strauss said, but there's life in the "tortoise" yet.
17 Sep 2015
China will pass the U.S. and become the world’s largest apparel market by 2019, according to a forecast by market researcher Euromonitor that compared the industry performance in the world’s two largest economies.
16 Sep 2015
India’s global merchandise exports tumbled 20.7 percent year-over-year in August, the ninth straight month of declines, even as the Narendra Modi-led government continues to roll out new schemes to stimulate trade and economic growth.
15 Sep 2015
A year-over-year drop in worldwide TV shipments underscores the link between shifts in global currency values, consumer sentiment and shipping volumes.
15 Sep 2015
The U.S. Congress would no longer require U.S.-flag vessels to move goods between the mainland and Puerto Rico under a five-year debt restructuring plan proposed Wednesday by Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.
14 Sep 2015
Shippers moving good through the rapidly-growing port of Mombasa may soon have to pay steep new fees if the governor of the port’s county has his way, a move that could shift cargo to rival Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
14 Sep 2015
New Delhi on Monday approved relaxing its cabotage law to allow foreign roll-on, roll-off ship operators to offer coastal services, another big step by the Narendra Modi-led government to reduce supply chain bottlenecks.
14 Sep 2015
China’s economic indicators continue to portray a country struggling against weak domestic and external demand with growth in factory output falling short of market expectations and offering little encouragement to declining exports.
12 Sep 2015
U.S. freight volumes dropped in August, falling 4.6 percent year-over-year, while shipper spend on transportation slipped 8 percent, the latest Cass Freight Index shows.
10 Sep 2015
With both sides of the debate over heavier trucks readying for battle via the markup of the next federal highway bill, a U.S. House representative is proposing a middle road.
10 Sep 2015
Stakeholders striving to keep Brazil’s government from integrating the Special Ports Ministry, or SEP, with the Ministry of Transport have gained a powerful ally in Murillo Barbosa, head of the Association of Private Terminals.
09 Sep 2015
China International Marine Containers reported strong sales in the first half of both dry containers and reefers, but issued a caution that the demand for new boxes would be weak over the rest of the year.
08 Sep 2015
While opponents of U.S. legislation that would track port performance at the nation’s 25 busiest container ports argue about the feasibility, they’ll have hard time arguing it would be too costly for the ports and the federal government.
05 Sep 2015
U.S. trucking employment rose for the fifth straight month in August, but at a slower pace, as the hiring crunch that slowed employment growth across the U.S. economy squeezed the industry.
02 Sep 2015
Big retailers in the U.S. are dragging their Chinese suppliers back to the table to re-negotiate order contracts and take advantage of lower manufacturing costs following Beijing’s sharp devaluation of the yuan.