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

20 Sep 2019
CMA CGM backs off from proposed $50 administrative fee for detention and demurrage documentation processing after swift customer pushback.
12 Aug 2019
Three of the busiest container ports worldwide — Singapore, Busan, and Hong Kong — are all heavily reliant on transshipment, while another primarily transshipment-oriented port, Colombo, saw the third-fastest growth in 2018 of any port in the JOC Top 50.
12 Aug 2019
Ro-ro volumes from Mexico handled by US East Coast ports are on the rise as shippers are turning increasingly to waterborne options at the expense of truck and rail.
12 Aug 2019
Thousands of tons of air cargo face shipping delays after Hong Kong closed its airport Monday due to disruptions caused when anti-government protesters stormed both terminals.
12 Aug 2019
Intermodal’s grim first-half performance will improve as the fall peak arrives, but likely not enough to offset the losses experienced to date.
09 Aug 2019
Sponsored: Digital marketplace Emerge launched in late 2018, connecting shippers directly with carriers. At JOC’s TPM conference in March 2019, President Grant Crawford discussed the plans for expanding live data and the direction from which he sees the next wave of innovation coming.
Top 50 Global Container Ports 2018
09 Aug 2019
Asian gateways continued to dominate the global port market in 2018, handling more than three-quarters of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
09 Aug 2019
Premium freight rates charged on Matson’s expedited China service contributed to positive liner results in the second quarter that were offset by declines in its domestic services and higher terminal operating costs.
09 Aug 2019
The first use of an electric drayage truck in the Port of New York and New Jersey adds to the portfolio of initiatives in use by the port in a bid to reduce truck pollution without hurting port efficiency.
09 Aug 2019
There was little to celebrate at Europe’s main air cargo gateways in the first half of the year amid weak freight handling volumes that show no signs of improving.
09 Aug 2019
An international freight rate marketplace provider is providing forwarders with a free quoting tool to drive adoption of instant quotes while also building capacity for its BCO customers.
08 Aug 2019
Canadian National Railway and CSX Transportation will launch a new international intermodal service linking Montreal and Toronto to New York.
08 Aug 2019
Partnerships between TMS providers, digital brokers, and visibility providers are becoming commonplace, but that doesn’t mean the blurring between those models is easy for shippers to understand.
08 Aug 2019
Reversing course, Global Port Tracker is now projecting monthly year-over-year declines, or minimal increases, in US merchandise imports in the trans-Pacific during the peak season.
Profits fuel Saia’s ongoing LTL expansion
08 Aug 2019
Multiregional less-than-truckload carrier Saia is adding terminals in the US Northeast, building “capacity for growth.”
08 Aug 2019
Fleet bankruptcies show some capacity is coming out of the market, but it’s unclear whether that will make any significant dent in the oversupply of trucks available in the spot trade.
08 Aug 2019
Companies should have contingency plans in place for their inland European supply chains as low water levels on the rivers are posing a very real threat.
08 Aug 2019
With Rio de Janeiro’s Libra Terminal now in its stable of holdings, new owner International Container Terminal Services will look to boost the facility’s volumes amid competition from two rivals.
08 Aug 2019
Trans-Pacific container carriers have learned that by tactically withdrawing full weekly sailings, or in some cases maintaining the sailing but skipping certain Asia ports, they are able to maintain a floor on rates without severely disrupting the flow of cargo.
07 Aug 2019
Ports that invest in connectivity, such as Shanghai, the best-connected port in the world, are growing the fastest and contributing significant economic benefits to their regions, according to UNCTAD report.
US intermodal savings lowest in five years
07 Aug 2019
In its inaugural US Domestic Intermodal Savings Index, JOC finds that intermodal rates are closer to trucking rates than at any time since 2014, so shippers should closely examine their modal choices.
07 Aug 2019
The latest upgrade work at the port of Houston’s Barbours Cut Terminal that will enable the facility to handle rapidly growing cargo volumes received the backing of Port of Houston Authority, which agreed to spend $39.7 million on the project.
07 Aug 2019
Roadrunner Transportation Systems reported revenue and profits were down in the second quarter as it battled weak conditions in the airfreight, truckload, LTL, and intermodal markets.
07 Aug 2019
Tonnage and shipments are falling, but LTL carriers are piling up profits, thanks to a keen focus on the bottom line not noticeable 10 years ago.
07 Aug 2019
It was another solid quarter for Hapag-Lloyd, allowing the German carrier to report growing profitability through the first half of the year despite rising geopolitical risks.
07 Aug 2019
India is seeing some improvement in utilizing its inland waterways and coastal routes for freight movements, but wants to make a stronger push through incentives and infrastructure investment.
07 Aug 2019
Maersk’s new ocean-rail service from Asia to Northern Europe is offering competitive transit times against more established all-rail routes.
06 Aug 2019
A new free trade zone created in the metropolitan area of Montreal will make it easier for manufacturers, producers, and wholesalers to make and store goods without paying taxes or excise duties on products that will eventually leave the country.
06 Aug 2019
Waterfront employers and ILWU Canada say their new contract will enable Vancouver and Prince Rupert to grow through automation while ensuring dockworkers are properly trained for new job opportunities.
06 Aug 2019
Trucking companies are warning shippers that a regulation requiring fleets to switch from automatic on-board recording devices to electronic-logging devices in December could slow productivity more than some realize.
06 Aug 2019
Low rates on Asia-Europe are sucking the profitability out of the trade, despite an increase in overall volume.
06 Aug 2019
The rise of fintech and logtech has given shippers who don’t fit the risk profile of traditional banks a new way to finance the purchase of goods.
05 Aug 2019
Los Angeles and Long Beach are still promoting portwide acceptance of off-dock chassis storage yards despite concerns about ILWU extending its reach in the harbor.
05 Aug 2019
A plan in the early stages of development in Mexico would create a cabotage program that would offer an alternative to moving cargo inside the country by truck, while boosting the country’s ports.
05 Aug 2019
Shawn Tibbetts, who joined the Port of Virginia in 2003 and oversaw the implementation of a truck appointment system at the Virginia International Gateway and the rollout of Navis N4 at VIG this year, is leaving the port later this month to join a real estate investment trust.
05 Aug 2019
The long-term outlook for truckers, and their shipper customers, is blurred by the fog of trade wars, but 2020 will bring changes.