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

24 Feb 2021
Container carriers that deployed extra loaders and those that provided express services in the resurgent Asia–US trade saw the largest volume gains in 2020.
22 Sep 2020
While much of the wholesale and institutional food business remains depressed, foodservice distributors are finding new opportunities to add value to the food supply chain, such as helping restaurant customers open pop-up shops and online marketplaces.
21 Sep 2020
Global 3PL ACI Worldwide and ground transportation provider Forward Air have expanded their last-mile capabilities for large and bulky freight to compete with the growing FedEx Freight Direct service.
21 Sep 2020
Lawyers representing ocean carriers, OCEMA, and CCM have asked the FMC to dismiss ATA’s complaint into chassis, arguing the regulatory body lacks jurisdiction and only cargo owners can bring such a case.
21 Sep 2020
The intensity of the Asia import surge is such that executives believe a return-to-normal container flow might still take months given how out of balance the system has already become in recent weeks.
21 Sep 2020
Food logistics providers increasing their offerings in the "new" last-mile — from restaurants and grocery stores to consumers' homes — as demand for online grocery shopping and direct-to-consumer food delivery skyrockets due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
21 Sep 2020
With cargo volumes and spot rates out of Asia surging as the United States and other countries begin to climb out of the COVID‑19 recession, US importers are increasingly turning to non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOs) to secure capacity.
18 Sep 2020
Amidst confusion involving blank sailings, extra-loaders, and announcements this past week by government regulatory agencies in Beijing and Washington, spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific continued to climb higher.
18 Sep 2020
The Port of Virginia’s Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal has resumed Saturday gate hours through Nov. 21 after suspending weekend service in mid-March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
18 Sep 2020
As container volume has picked up, trucking and logistics executives say that CSX’s domestic intermodal service has become unreliable in two key southeast US rail ramps.
18 Sep 2020
Large truckload carriers made their deepest capacity cuts in a decade in the second quarter, the JOC Truckload Capacity Index shows; they’re not likely to restore capacity quickly.
18 Sep 2020
Shippers using third-party vendors to help them manage auditing and paying their freight bills see a sizable advantage in process costs versus those that manage the function in-house, new research has found.
18 Sep 2020
As rates hit record levels on the trans-Pacific, the trade is an irresistible magnet for carriers, leaving forwarders in Asia struggling to find boxes as all equipment flows towards China’s export hubs.
18 Sep 2020
The UK’s busiest container port is being overwhelmed by peak season volume, staff shortages, and problems with its truck booking system, with forwarders feeling the effects of a ban on empty container drop-offs.
17 Sep 2020
The US FMC said it is closely monitoring capacity and pricing conditions in the eastbound trans-Pacific, but is not yet ready to launch a fact-finding investigation or petition for legal action.
17 Sep 2020
A new integrated distribution center just outside Hagerstown, Maryland, will position regional LTL carrier A. Duie Pyle for greater growth in Virginia and along the I-70 and I-81 corridors as freight demand approaches 2019 levels.
17 Sep 2020
A&R Logistics has opened a new resin packaging plant in South Carolina two months ahead of schedule, causing port officials to be bullish about resin exports in 2021.
17 Sep 2020
Forwarders can use logistics marketplaces to cater to small shippers that want to be able to secure international freight capacity, a group that is expanding during the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of Freightos’ marketplace told JOC Uncharted this week.
17 Sep 2020
Container volume in Savannah set a new monthly record in August, a result port officials didn’t anticipate but attribute to US consumer demand for online shopping and home improvement goods.
17 Sep 2020
Funds from the US Department of Transportation’s grant program will assist the ports of Charleston and Everett and Anchorage’s airport finance various improvement projects.
17 Sep 2020
While the chief factor behind current excessive container backups at Mundra has been adverse weather, there have also been trade concerns regarding the private handler prioritizing some bulk movement over containerized freight.
17 Sep 2020
Convoy is providing shippers an avenue to avoid what it considers unnecessary procurement costs associated with negotiating annual truckload bids that aren’t generally honored by either the shipper or carrier.
16 Sep 2020
The acquisition of CLW Delivery gives expedited trucking operator Forward Air custom final-mile delivery services and new territory, as its LTL and final-mile businesses converge.
16 Sep 2020
German digital broker Sennder has scooped up Uber Freight’s European operations for an undisclosed amount, consolidating its position in a market defined by small carriers with employee drivers, not independent owner-operators.
16 Sep 2020
For so-called old China hands, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication’s Sept. 11 summoning of carriers in Shanghai to instruct them to add capacity hardly comes as a surprise.
16 Sep 2020
The momentum that has built in major economies since the COVID-19 lockdowns ended is behind an increase in factory activity.
16 Sep 2020
It has taken Europe a long time to get the maritime sector included in Europe’s emissions trading system, and despite the vigorous opposition by container shipping, the lengthy legislative process is now in its final stages.
16 Sep 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Ruthie Amaru, CEO of Freightos.com. The weekly commentary will be provided by Lars Jensen, CEO and partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting.
15 Sep 2020
The suspension and weakening of general rate increases comes after Chinese regulators on Friday encouraged major container lines to add capacity and be less aggressive in raising their rates as US imports from Asia continue to rise.
15 Sep 2020
By acquiring a Chicago-based logistics provider and freight broker from R.R. Donnelley, Canada’s TFI plans to better integrate and scale US operations in freight and e-commerce.
15 Sep 2020
US producer price indexes for August showed a marked jump in local trucking costs, likely due to increased demand for service between ports, warehouses, and distribution and fulfillment centers as e-commerce demand spurred imports.
15 Sep 2020
A widening project will allow bi-directional traffic along the channel leading into Guangzhou’s Nansha container terminal, reducing the time ships have to wait for a berth window.
15 Sep 2020
Strong demand for containerized imports in the US and Europe through the third quarter peak season is limiting the availability of equipment in Asia that is urgently needed to serve the fast-rising volume.
15 Sep 2020
A deal to build and operate a transload and distribution facility in Vancouver advances CP’s efforts to deepen its presence at its sole western Canadian port gateway, and Maersk’s evolution into a so-called global integrator by expanding its reach beyond port-to-port shipping.
14 Sep 2020
BNSF has named Kathryn Farmer, who has been with the western railroad for 28 years, as its new CEO effective Jan. 1, 2021. She will become the first female CEO of a North American Class I railroad.