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

25 Nov 2020
US federal maritime regulator’s decision to increase scrutiny of container lines is part of a larger global effort to monitor how carriers are behaving.
24 Aug 2015
U.S. retailers and manufacturers are slicing into inventories they built up during the West Coast port labor dispute, contributing to what's reported to be a softer third-quarter freight market. Stronger consumer spending may help shippers balance inventories as peak season demand picks up.
21 Aug 2015
U.S. West Coast congestion roiled retailer rollouts of spring product lines even after employers and longshoremen ended their showdown in late February, executives told investors during recent second-quarter earnings calls.
21 Aug 2015
Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, New Jersey, says his financially strapped city wants more money and jobs from the East Coast’s largest port.
21 Aug 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling for a national coalition to address a nationwide parking shortage for truck drivers, just another factor that has been contributing to rising transportation costs and ever-tightening capacity in the sector.
20 Aug 2015
An empty shelf in a big box store may be a retail logistics manager’s worst nightmare, but it’s not the only one. Retailers are rethinking inventory management and often carrying more inventory as they expand online sales and develop new delivery strategies.
20 Aug 2015
After decades of moving operations overseas, executives at U.S. manufacturing and distribution firms say they’re coming home, or at least closer to home via Mexico.
20 Aug 2015
Greece has set deadlines for the privatization of its two major ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, after waffling on the issue in the first half of year and putting the country’s privatization efforts in doubt.
20 Aug 2015
Plummeting U.S. exports of recycled paper contributed to a 5.2 percent decline in overall U.S. exports during the first half of 2015, as lower-value commodities were hit by weak demand, a strong dollar and the lingering impact of West Coast port delays.
18 Aug 2015
Trucking executives generally back a federal governmental push to reduce emissions from heavy-duty trucks, but California regulators want even stricter rules to reduce health risks and global warming from truck pollution.
17 Aug 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its November deadline for the ACE "single window" program stands, even though smaller federal agencies have already said they won’t be ready in time and larger ones are lagging behind.
electronic logbook
17 Aug 2015
Whether released on Sept. 30 or later, the electronic logbook regulation, along with a related rule penalizing carriers, shippers and third-parties for coercing drivers to violate federal truck safety laws, has the potential to reshape the trucking and shipping business in a big way.
17 Aug 2015
India’s merchandise exports slumped for the eighth month in a row in July, but at a slower rate of decline despite well-publicized troubles at the country's largest container facility, according to new provisional trade figures released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
14 Aug 2015
A political battle is brewing in Brazil as stakeholders spar over the future of the country’s Special Ports Ministry, or SEP, in a contest that may determine how future of container trade development.
14 Aug 2015
No decision on a block exemption for Hong Kong’s container shipping industry will be made before the new competition law comes into effect on December 14, leaving the container shipping industry in the bizarre position where its activity will be illegal from that date.
13 Aug 2015
A review of federal safety data show the number of citations roadside inspectors handed to truckers for violating hours-of-service rules declined significantly from 2011 through 2014, especially for driving beyond the daily 11-hour limit. However, there was an uptick in some logbook violations, including falsified logs, in fiscal 2014.
13 Aug 2015
Containerized exports of poultry through U.S. ports plunged 20 percent during the first half of 2015 because of a multistate outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza.
12 Aug 2015
The surge in freight traffic that began in April dissipated in July, as shipments dropped 1.6 percent from June, the latest Cass Freight Index shows. That's a normal seasonal trend, Cass said, pointing out that volumes are still higher than in 2013 and the early economic recovery.
12 Aug 2015
China’s currency has now fallen 3.5 percent in two days after the central bank on Tuesday triggered the yuan’s greatest one-day decline in 20 years, and it is expected to fall further as the country struggles to reverse a sharp drop in trade recorded in July.
11 Aug 2015
Customs broker A.N. Deringer is billing its new less-than-containerload service from Hong Kong to Toronto as faster than via U.S. West Coast offerings, and free of U.S. harbor maintenance taxes and customs paperwork.
09 Aug 2015
07 Aug 2015
For-hire trucking companies continue to add drivers and other workers, though not at the pace they set last year. Still, the JOC Trucking Employment Index is steadily rising past above its 2007 peak. Many transport job openings, however, are going unfilled, federal data show.
06 Aug 2015
The Chinese government is prohibiting some port service charges and reducing the costs of others in an attempt to galvanize container shipping as the as the country’s container volume growth slows due to reduced global demand.
06 Aug 2015
Brazilian stakeholders in the transport industry from state governments to port and trade organizations are pushing back strongly against the federal government’s plans to centralize all the country’s port authorities under the aegis of the Special Ports Ministry (SEP) in Brasilia.
05 Aug 2015
California’s export trade declined 4.2 percent in June, as weakness in key markets such as China, Japan, the European Union and Latin America and a strong dollar weighed down sales of manufactured and non-manufactured goods.
05 Aug 2015
President Obama has nominated Scott Darling to helm the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. And it looks as though Darling will have an easier go of it than his predecessor, given his relative popularity in the industry and the fact that he’s already helmed the agency for a year as acting administrator.
05 Aug 2015
Five straight quarters of economic growth, some hot and some not, translates to more trucks on the road. The JOC Truckload Capacity Index is up 7.4 percent year-over-year, thanks to freight demand, strong truck orders last year, higher shipping rates and driver pay. Carriers are becoming more adept at scaling capacity to adjust to demand and other market forces.
04 Aug 2015
U.S. scrap metal exports took a tumble in the first half of 2015 and are expected to fall even more by year’s end, as the strong U.S. dollar continues to weigh on all American exports.
04 Aug 2015
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has collected $1.2 million in civil penalties from six companies for alleged Shipping Act violations, the agency announced Tuesday.
03 Aug 2015
Hawaiian shippers frustrated with high freight rates had their hopes for change dashed last week after a U.S. federal court rejected their bid to strike cabotage provisions from the U.S. Merchant Marine Act.
03 Aug 2015
Trade ministers failed to cinch up a deal between a dozen Pacific Rim nations Friday, what could have been their last chance to negotiate the terms of a Trans-Pacific Partnership before the end of the year.
03 Aug 2015
The slowdown in China’s economy poses some risks for container shipping, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
03 Aug 2015
FedEx and TNT Express said they still expect to merge in the first half of 2016 despite the European Commission’s decision to launch an in-depth investigation of the US firm’s 4.4 billion euro ($4.8 billion) acquisition of its smaller Dutch rival.
02 Aug 2015
“It is a historic day – a day for removing barriers,” proclaimed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on July 20, as Cuba and America reopened their embassies and ended a 54-year diplomatic stalemate.
01 Aug 2015
HONG KONG — Australia is preparing for a free trade agreement with its largest trading partner China that is se
31 Jul 2015
The U.S. congressional watchdog’s conclusion that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has limited ability to evaluate its controversial hours-of-service rules fuels the fight between the top U.S. trucking lobby and the U.S. Department of Transportation.