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

26 Feb 2021
Virginia’s shippers provide the port with information on their warehousing strategies that the port can use to allocate equipment and other resources, and at least 10 other shippers are slated to tap Virginia’s data feeds.
16 Dec 2020
BNSF Railway is limiting the amount of containers its partners can bring into a terminal in Southern California and on certain Chicago lanes due to volumes that usually tail off after Thanksgiving but have stayed elevated this year.
16 Dec 2020
Resin exports jumped 32 percent at the Port of Mobile during the first seven months of the year compared to the same period a year ago.
16 Dec 2020
Fluor grinds its way out of a long run of financial trouble, but the EPC is facing an anxious oil and gas segment struggling with COVID-19-driven demand declines and an evolving market.
16 Dec 2020
The widespread distribution of coronavirus vaccines early next year will compete for limited transport capacity amid peak air cargo season, with the shipments channeled through the same hub airports.
16 Dec 2020
While cargo volumes at the main Indian terminals have rebounded markedly since the sharp setbacks earlier this year, current trends do not signal a “V-shaped” recovery that would warrant significant terminal capacity growth.
16 Dec 2020
Momentum for software that helps small carriers manage their businesses keeps growing, with CloudTrucks getting $20.5 million in venture capital to build its “virtual carrier” model and an instant pay product for drivers.
16 Dec 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a discussion with Philip Blumenthal, founder of Doctor Freight, about the relative lack of innovation in the less-than-container load market and why that may change in the years ahead.
15 Dec 2020
COVID-19 and the wave of imports reaching the US will keep pressure on transportation capacity and pricing, from ports to the last mile, shippers warned Tuesday.
15 Dec 2020
Supply chain management software provider Blue Yonder is suing its competitor Kinaxis over alleged patent infringements that Blue Yonder says have cost it $20 million in customer deals.
15 Dec 2020
There will be no rapid resolution to the container equipment shortages disrupting global supply chains, with the benefits of an expanding box fleet offset by widespread port congestion.
15 Dec 2020
BlueX Trade and Catapult are partnering to pipe instant rates from BlueX’s container line customers to Catapult’s forwarder customers, a further sign that instant quoting is gaining traction as an alternative to traditional spot quoting.
15 Dec 2020
FedEx and UPS are on track to make on-time last-mile delivery of most parcels by Christmas Eve even as promotions such as “free shipping Monday” add additional volumes to delivery networks.
14 Dec 2020
US imports from Asia in November were unusually strong, down only slightly from the peak months of October and August.
14 Dec 2020
Norfolk Southern has shut the gates on containers and trailers entering its 63rd Street terminal in Chicago to five Northeast locations due to a crush of volume, likely sending the loads to full truckload.
14 Dec 2020
An executive at a Hong Kong-based freight forwarder expected blank sailing schedules to be finalized in early January, although he said the number of blank sailings would depend on the return of empty boxes to China.
14 Dec 2020
An unsatisfactory conclusion emerges for supply chain stakeholders under severe strain: There is no quick short-term solution, it is highly unlikely we can avoid a repeat, and there is no one party to blame for the predicament apart from the pandemic itself.
14 Dec 2020
CMA CGM’s new mega-ships and additional container equipment are arriving at a time when they are urgently needed by shippers battling to find capacity out of Asia.
11 Dec 2020
Pandemic-related LTL service issues that include long delays and missed deliveries have not gone away and may be resurfacing as COVID-19 surges and container volumes soar
11 Dec 2020
The decision by Singamas shareholders offers hope that a bigger debt rehabilitation plan put forward by PIL will be accepted by the carrier’s other creditors and approved by Singapore’s high court at meetings early next year.
11 Dec 2020
Asia-Europe rates are now three times higher than last December and coincide with the start of what are sure to be tense contract negotiations between carriers and shippers.
11 Dec 2020
A technology-based freight broker has spun out its technology as a standalone transportation management system (TMS), signaling the need to better connect small carriers to surface capacity for shippers.
11 Dec 2020
The real possibility that Asia imports will stay elevated through at least the first quarter, coupled with labor and trucking shortages, are creating a so-called perfect winter storm for more port congestion.
11 Dec 2020
For DP World Cochin, which has been aggressively wooing mainline calls to bolster its sagging hub fortunes, ad-hoc calls resulting from the Colombo logjam have proved to be a tailwind in lifting business activity.
10 Dec 2020
As the US Treasury Secretary defended the $700 billion CARES Act loan that saved one of the largest US trucking firms, a GAO report criticized the Treasury’s handling of the application.
10 Dec 2020
Average spot rates were already rising ahead of the holiday season as new products from Apple, Samsung, and Sony competed for space with general air cargo and personal protective equipment.
10 Dec 2020
GTA Forecasting has upgraded its long-term outlook for global container volume, but has downgraded its 2021 forecast for US-Asia trade.
10 Dec 2020
Volume in Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia is rising quickly, including an all-time container record in Savannah and Norfolk in November, due to continuing demand for furniture and appliances.
10 Dec 2020
Non-vessel-operating common carriers have told JOC.com imports will likely remain strong beyond April and possibly through peak season 2021.
10 Dec 2020
Interest in drop-and-hook programs continues to grow, with the broker Transfix now offering an “asset-like” service that it says it uses technology to find the right capacity for its shipper customers.
09 Dec 2020
Container terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach are overwhelmed by imports, resulting in almost week-long vessel dwell times and a pressing shortage of longshore labor, according to a terminal executive.
09 Dec 2020
Agriculture exporters’ complaints also strike deeper chords of US maritime policy that years ago walked away from subsidizing a US flag fleet intended to provide viable transportation for US exports.
09 Dec 2020
The extraction of data from commercial invoices is a sort of holy grail in the world of logistics automation software, and solutions providers are seeing demand from logistics providers as they hone in on this area.
09 Dec 2020
Record rates, poor service, and a worsening equipment imbalance is leading to an increasingly toxic container shipping environment.
09 Dec 2020
The broad reach of the domestic intermodal improvement is an encouraging sign, indicating that Q3 gains may have relied less on transloading and imports than might have been expected.
09 Dec 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a discussion with Dominique von Orelli, executive vice president and global head of ocean freight at DHL Global Forwarding.