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

22 Oct 2019
India’s port development efforts include reinvigorating dozens of minor coastal harbors in order to enhance their freight handling capability.
04 Sep 2019
The partnership between Canadian National Railway and Cosco was instrumental in propelling Prince Rupert from a bulk port to a major Asian gateway for US and Canadian cargo owners and forwarders.
04 Sep 2019
While some liner shipping parties questions the wisdom of container lines alone developing data standards, the speed with which the DCSA unveiled its first set of standardized process maps suggests maybe fewer parties are better suited for such sweeping initiatives.
04 Sep 2019
The 2M Alliance has added the Port of New Orleans to a route linking China with the Gulf of Mexico, giving the Gulf Coast port its second service from the Far East and adding to its rapidly growing volume of import cargo.
04 Sep 2019
Union Pacific Railroad has dropped its plan to levy fines against trucking companies for canceling or missing ingate reservations to enter intermodal ramps in California, Oregon, and Washington.
04 Sep 2019
Truck drivers are being detained longer during pickups and deliveries, cutting into their driving time and adding to shipping costs, despite efforts by “shippers of choice” to speed those drivers through their gates, a study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) finds.
04 Sep 2019
For the second consecutive year, Maersk and MSC have withdrawn the AE2/Swan Asia-Europe service in a bid to match capacity with slack demand.
04 Sep 2019
Amid signs of newfound and relative stability, the container shipping industry faces two imminent challenges.
04 Sep 2019
Maersk’s latest digital product is part of its ongoing push to become a global logistics integrator.
03 Sep 2019
Marad’s request for input on whether the government agency should study port-related automation has generated a lack of enthusiasm from waterfront labor unions and a firm engaged in transportation systems development.
03 Sep 2019
The president of Mexico said work is continuing on a project to create a modern, efficient freight-moving operation by rail across the narrowest stretch of Mexico, which links ports on the Pacific and Gulf coasts.
03 Sep 2019
Carriers are beginning to notify customers of low-sulfur fuel surcharges effective Oct. 1, but customers look at them only as preliminary estimates and expect adjustments this fall.
03 Sep 2019
Far more widespread demand for low-sulfur fuel will be required before prices stabilize enough for shippers to factor in the impact on Asia-Europe contracted rate levels.
03 Sep 2019
Despite some progress in streamlining procedures and improving supply chain flow, stakeholders say there is more work India needs to do in order to alleviate trade bottlenecks and lower logistics costs, particularly on inland trade.
03 Sep 2019
Freight operations are suspended in much of Florida as Hurricane Dorian passes on its way toward the Georgia and Carolina coasts.
02 Sep 2019
Dorian, the largest storm to threaten the US East Coast, unleashed 200 mph wind gusts in the Bahamas as Florida and Georgia ports suspended operations.
02 Sep 2019
China’s largest carrier has expanded its Asia network with subsidiary OOCL to capture volume displaced by the US-China trade war.
02 Sep 2019
A container shipping consortium of nine carriers designed to create common data standards in the industry released its first set of digital process guidelines governing the journey of shipments, containers, and vessels.
Peder Winther
30 Aug 2019
Sponsored: Like most members of the global maritime industry, Switzerland-based Panalpina is weathering challenging geopolitical ti mes, while at the same time continuing to grow its supply-chain solutions and managing the costs of doing business. In this interview, Peder Winther, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Ocean Freight, is explicit in how Panalpina is maintaining the right balance.
30 Aug 2019
This week’s double-digit surge in spot rates is more tariff-driven than anything else because there is little cargo rolling in Asia to generate a bidding war among BCOs for vessel space leaving Asia.
30 Aug 2019
Shippers who find Mexico’s customs system slow, unwieldy, and unpredictable might find hope in a project the Port of Veracruz is about to launch that uses blockchain technology to create transparency for cargo moving through the customs process.
30 Aug 2019
The US Federal Maritime Commission will allow terminal operators Luis Ayala Colon and Puerto Rico Terminals to create a joint company, but vows tighter monitoring of the venture.
30 Aug 2019
Businesses rush to position goods and assets in Florida as rail and trucking operations race against the clock ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s landfall.
30 Aug 2019
Electric-powered trucks, straddle carriers, and other equipment will become increasingly common at the Port of New York and New Jersey as it steps up its efforts to reduce diesel fuel use in a bid to cut pollution.
30 Aug 2019
Falling rates on the Asia-North Europe trade is expected to lead to another round of blank sailings as carriers try to match capacity with the weakening demand.
30 Aug 2019
The Port of Long Beach in California believes its success has come in large part from following a philosophy of what it c
Griff Lynch
29 Aug 2019
Griff Lynch, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority discusses the factors that led to record growth at Georgia Ports Authority in 2018, the Mason Mega Rail Terminal, which they estimate will double rail capacity to 1 million container lifts per year, and plans for the South Atlantic Consolidated Chassis Pool.
NJ pushes fight over waterfront commission
29 Aug 2019
The activities of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor - long a target for employers and labor in the Port of New York and New Jersey - are again the focus of opposition from New Jersey officials, who have opted to appeal a court ruling that the state could not unilaterally withdraw from the commission.
29 Aug 2019
Ports along Florida’s east coast were eyeing Hurricane Dorian warily, with the latest forecasts projecting the storm will make landfall there Monday, possibly as a category 4 hurricane.
29 Aug 2019
Emerging from a summer in which terminals suffered sporadic labor shortages, the Port of New York and New Jersey is launching a program to improve efficiency in the way weekend labor crews are formed, and looking to cut the number of workers who don’t report for assigned shifts.
29 Aug 2019
Volumes have rocketed at the DP World Cochin terminal in India, a result of recent cabotage reforms that paved the way for foreign-flagged tonnage in the country’s coastal trade.
29 Aug 2019
J.B. Hunt has informed shippers it will assess peak season surcharges on excess freight out of California and Washington state even though volumes are much weaker than a year ago.
28 Aug 2019
A union-sponsored report on automation in Vancouver and Prince Rupert cites the potential reduction of 50-90 percent in longshore jobs as terminal operators seek to reduce operational costs, especially labor.
28 Aug 2019
The number of US trucking companies rose by more than 21,000 in the year between June 2018 and this June, even as low spot-market pricing increased pressure on smaller fleets.
28 Aug 2019
Union Pacific Railroad and CSX Transportation, struggling to recover volume after service cuts, are reaching out to shippers and logistics providers about reinstating direct service to Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio, sources tell JOC.com
28 Aug 2019
Vessel movements have been halted in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on the approach of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to strengthen and target Florida’s east coast early next week.