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

06 Sep 2019
The Federal Maritime Commission agreed to the recommendations stemming from a year-and-half effort led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye to address complaints from cargo owners and drayage drivers over what they considered unfair fees for failing to pick up cargo and return equipment in a timely manner.
Container ship bunkering in Japan.
04 Oct 2018
A survey conducted by global shipping consultancy Drewry found considerable unease among global shippers and forwarders ahead of the low-sulfur fuel implementation. Concern was expressed by respondents about ocean carriers’ methods of fuel cost recovery with more than half, 56 percent, stating that they did not consider their service providers’ existing approaches as either fair or transparent.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
03 Oct 2018
The port authority, after discussions with rule-implementer the New Jersey Department of Labor, is disseminating detailed information to truckers on the new rules, which the authority believes will have little impact on the drayage fleet and won’t affect many truckers.
Rotterdam port.
03 Oct 2018
Rising transportation costs, the driver shortage, and accompanying rail and barge congestion have created challenging times for Europe’s shippers, to say the least. And then there’s the Brexit summit in two weeks.
Port of Long Beach.
03 Oct 2018
Free time periods have been reduced and tariffs for demurrage and detention have increased considerably. Marine terminals and ocean carriers counter that detention and demurrage encourages shippers to pick up and return containers in order to boost cargo fluidity that’s challenged by the larger discharges of mega-ships.
Rhine-Alpine Gateway.
02 Oct 2018
The Rhine-Alpine Gateway is one of Europe’s most important rail routes connecting the Mediterranean ports with the economic heartland of Central Europe, handling half of the trade between northern Europe and Italy via Switzerland.
Port of Dover.
27 Sep 2018
With 14,000 trucks crossing the UK-EU border every day and 53 percent of UK imports originating in Europe, shippers and logistics service providers are planning for the consequences of lengthy delays at border points should negotiations not result in a Brexit deal.
Trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.
26 Sep 2018
Set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, the bill will discourage retailers and other shippers from contracting with the companies that misclassify drivers by making the beneficial cargo owners jointly liable for any fines assessed on those operators.
Container stowage.
26 Sep 2018
The ocean carrier found that existing rules regarding the stowage of dangerous goods cargoes, which create their own oxygen and can’t be extinguished using standard carbon dioxide-based on-board firefighting equipment, to be inadequate and has implemented new procedures across its fleet.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals BMCT at JNPT.
25 Sep 2018
As trade concerns persist, the Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies — representing local ship agents — called on authorities to address "still-unresolved" inland logistics challenges faced by ocean carriers and others at Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals.
A container ship at sea.
25 Sep 2018
The new bunker fuel adjustment factors will provide more insight concerning whether ocean carriers can recoup what they argue are increased operational costs for bunker fuel and for meeting the Jan. 1, 2020, low-sulfur mandate.
Port of Wilmington, North Carolina.
24 Sep 2018
After being shut down for a week and a half, the Port of Wilmington reopened its gates to truckers on Monday, and the work to reduce and eliminate the backlog of containers from before Hurricane Florence and from vessels discharging since last Thursday continues.
Radhanagar Beach, Andaman Islands, India.
24 Sep 2018
Transshipment trade represents freight transported between an Indian port and an international “hub” port, when direct mainline connections are not available.
Port of Santos with a ship approaching.
23 Sep 2018
Brazil’s weaker currency, an expanding global economy, and enduring international customers should bode well for the port of Santos. But shippers say inefficiency and a lack of renovation are delaying that. Now, a number of shippers’ groups want a different form of port management.
The Port of Los Angeles.
20 Sep 2018
Already chaotic and upended, the Trump administration’s proposed Jan. 1, 2019, 25 percent tariff on imports from China is causing importers to scramble for ocean, truck, and rail capacity — with the next ramification being the warehouse variable: will there be any space after the front-loading of imports?
Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
20 Sep 2018
The Teamsters union, which pushed for the rule change, believes a large proportion of the port’s trucker owner-operators could be found to be employees under the new rule. Truckers say the impact could range from merely creating an “administrative headache," to prompting some to leave the port, and perhaps the industry.
Chassis stack in the United States.
19 Sep 2018
The decision means the price of a chassis in the United States will likely rise by a substantial amount.
FMC, Rebecca Dye and Michael Khouri.
19 Sep 2018
Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca Dye Wednesday said her investigation into detention and demurrage will chiefly focus on developing uniform definitions and identifying the responsibilities of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators to make boxes accessible during free time.
Dover port, United Kingdom.
19 Sep 2018
“Unfortunately, a no-deal scenario is still quite possible,” according to European Council President Donald Tusk. “But if we act responsibly, we can avoid a catastrophe.”
Wilmington, North Carolina.
18 Sep 2018
The biggest disruption is for truckers traveling Interstate 95 through the Carolinas. Flooding has shut down most of I-95 in North Carolina, except for a nine-mile stretch.
New York Harbor approaching New Jersey.
17 Sep 2018
The law and the complaint suit are the latest salvos in the ongoing dispute between the commission on one side, and on the other the New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association, over the commission’s role at the port. Both sides contend that they are trying to correct problems that can hinder the smooth operation of the port and therefore the cost-efficient flow of shipper’s cargo.
A container ship at sea.
17 Sep 2018
SKIL Infrastructure Ltd. has been interacting with Sri Lankan authorities and officials in New Delhi regarding a strategic collaboration between the two nations for the construction of a multipurpose harbor-cum-industrial zone at Trincomalee.
Maersk Line.
17 Sep 2018
Estimates on the cost of the container shipping industry meeting the mandate range from $5 billion to tens of billions of dollars, but ocean carriers are uniform regarding one aspect of this substantially higher cost.
DP World Doraleh Terminal
12 Sep 2018
The Dubai-based port operator said the transfer of Port de Djibouti SA shares in the terminal joint venture to the government of Djibouti appeared to be an attempt to undermine a new ruling by the English High Court on the increasingly acrimonious dispute.
A truck travels on a US highway.
11 Sep 2018
One could argue that the US truck sector has reached its peak, but others believe that with a robust manufacturing sector and other sources of growth, another year of strong truck sector gains is ahead.
Port of Prince Rupert.
10 Sep 2018
Neither the employers nor the union are saying what contract terms are being negotiated, other than to say these are “normal contract issues," a maritime employers’ association official said.
Containers at a port again.
10 Sep 2018
Shippers would applaud clarity and uniformity when demurrage and detention is charged and why. Ocean carriers and marine terminal operators, however, argue establishing a uniform definition isn’t as simple as it appears.
A steel mill.
07 Sep 2018
To say that the Trump administration’s steel tariffs and quotas have upset the global steel market would be an understatement, as nations who have hit their quotas are scrambling for new markets, and US importers are searching for new sources of affordably priced steel.
A truck travels in California, United States.
06 Sep 2018
Gov. Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign the legislation. The California Labor Commissioner will publish, by Jan. 1, 2019, a list of drayage companies that have failed to pay final judgments they were assessed for labor violations.
A truck and containers at a port.
05 Sep 2018
It’s not clear whether the petition will survive or not when a final decision is made in December, but shippers' concerns appear to have struck a chord with the federal agency.
Port of Mobile.
05 Sep 2018
Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday evening near Pascagoula with winds of approximately 70 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center reported.
Port of Los Angeles.
04 Sep 2018
The 2017 emissions inventories for Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland, which were produced by outside consultants, detail steps the ports have taken to reduce both health-risk and greenhouse gas emissions from vessels, harbor craft, trucks, trains, and cargo-handling equipment.
JNPT.
04 Sep 2018
Maersk, which transports roughly 20 percent of India’s containerized freight, said three factors have essentially combined to drive that impressive, steady growth.
Port of Itajai, Brazil.
31 Aug 2018
Decades of truck-oriented Brasilia administrations and a bias against rail created a vulnerable trade transport system. The spring truckers’ strike exposed it, and months later trade logistics has yet to recover.
BNSF.
28 Aug 2018
The proposed facility where containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be transferred to intermodal trains would be a boon to beneficial cargo owners and freight transportation interests for several reasons. But there's also a not-insignificant environmental benefit.
A truck travels on a road in Mexico.
28 Aug 2018
The Confederation of Industrial Chambers, which represents more than 120 chambers around Mexico, said the government should hold off enforcing the hours-of-service rules, and it cited several reasons for its request.