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

27 May 2020
With the US imposing higher tariffs on goods from China, importers of household goods moved production to Southeast Asia last year, primarily Vietnam.
12 Nov 2016
Was October's truckload spot market spike an atypical surge or sign of increased underlying demand?
11 Nov 2016
The government of India has released a “progress report” on its ambitious Sagar Mala investment program.
10 Nov 2016
It’s far from clear how Donald Trump’s fiery anti-trade deal rhetoric on the campaign trail will translate into his actions as president and their impact on trade, according to an analysis by IHS Markit, parent of JOC.com.
10 Nov 2016
Russian auto and railway carriers will soon adopt a new contracting system meant to provide shippers with long-term pricing certainty and increase infrastructure investment, but some shippers are concerned about the new system.
10 Nov 2016
Democrats and Republican alike are encouraged that a Trump Administration could inject freight infrastructure with a much-needed funding boost.
08 Nov 2016
US containerized importers will turn up the heat in the last two months of 2016. 
08 Nov 2016
The Russian government’s decision to subsidize imports from China arriving via rail will cut costs and result in faster transit times.
08 Nov 2016
Eager to avoid the fate of neighboring South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping, Japan’s Big Three shipping companies are lobbying the government for favorable tax and budgetary measures.
07 Nov 2016
Maersk's pilot program to reduce harmful emissions from ships calling in LA-LB will contribute to ports' clean-air program.
04 Nov 2016
A New Zealand company has launched a relatively small, portable scale designed to enable shippers to weigh a container atop a chassis, saying it will help shippers comply with new global container weight rules.
04 Nov 2016
The port of Liverpool on Friday officially inaugurated a new deep-sea container terminal as it works to create a new ocean trading gateway to re-jig the national supply chain.
02 Nov 2016
A Boston Consulting Group analysis released Wednesday predicts that overcapacity in the shipping industry will significantly worsen.
02 Nov 2016
The ELD mandate's impact on available truck capacity isn't the only thing shippers should worry about.
02 Nov 2016
South Africa’s national ports authority hinted that planned investment in port projects could be slowed.
02 Nov 2016
Better labor relations at public ports could make the on-and-off again strikes and protests for higher wages and other benefits that cause congestion and delays at major ports less likely.
01 Nov 2016
After a US court slapped down a challenge to the federal electronic logging mandate for truck drivers, shippers need to plan for dealing with the rule.
01 Nov 2016
Hapag-Lloyd has filed concessions to European Union competition regulators to secure approval for a planned merger with the United Arab Shipping Company.
28 Oct 2016
The Brazilian port of Santos faces a new wave of strikes as backroom financial auditors for the customs agency join officers in the field that are already carrying out a nationwide strike impacting ports, airports, and border crossings.
27 Oct 2016
Trans-Pacific eastbound spot rates are building despite the “unpredictable” market, but the Hanjin effect is ebbing.
The International Maritime Organization ruling avoids the creation of a patchwork of different national rules for sulfur in vessel fuel.
27 Oct 2016
Shippers may end up paying higher rates via fuel surcharges depending on how well the oil industry can meet demand for low sulfur fuel.
27 Oct 2016
Shippers are warning that the Russian government’s raising of stevedoring tariffs to boost port infrastructure investment may squeeze out some operators and force importers and exporters to eat the higher costs.
26 Oct 2016
US ports could be an unexpected beneficiary of the historic settlement between the US government and German automaker Volkswagen.
25 Oct 2016
The decision ends decades of indecision that has been condemned by UK business leaders, shippers, and freight forwarders.
24 Oct 2016
After years being bandied about, a planned $3 billion container terminal on the Georgia-South Carolina border took a major step forward last week when the US Army Corps of Engineers formally began its review of the project.
24 Oct 2016
APM Terminals has ordered more than 40 pieces of equipment for its second transshipment terminal under construction at the Tanger-Med port complex in Morocco.
The fate of the Ocean Alliance had become uncertain in recent months after the US Federal Maritime Commission halted its review process to receive more information from alliance membners.
21 Oct 2016
US maritime regulators gave the green light to the Ocean Alliance to take sail on US trades in April.
21 Oct 2016
The 2016 US presidential election has been fraught with divisive discourse and reality television-style drama, but the top two leading candidates appear to actually agree when it comes to matters of transportation infrastructure and trade.
21 Oct 2016
The Brazilian Ministry for Transport, Ports, and Civil Aviation has decided to privatize dredging operations at the country’s top three ports of Santos, Paranagua, and Rio de Janeiro.
19 Oct 2016
Russian shippers and transportation companies say they will have to increase their rates double digits to keep up with the cost increases created by Russia’s “Platon” truck toll.
19 Oct 2016
The competition to develop much-needed modern port facilities in Bangladesh has intensified.
19 Oct 2016
The big winner of a recent summit between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa is likely to be refrigerated shipments out of Brazil.
18 Oct 2016
US regulators are increasing funding for driver-training schools and institutions serving veterans while pushing a pilot program that would license under-21 ex-military drivers.
18 Oct 2016
US shippers may be concerned about trucking rate hikes in 2017 and 2018, but pricing power isn't likely to slip away from them soon.
18 Oct 2016
Ashley Furniture asked the court to allow an “administrative freeze” on payments owed to Hanjin for services that were only partially provided as a result of the carrier’s failure to fulfill contractual obligations.
17 Oct 2016
“To give up the benefits of trade is horrible,” said Paul Bingham, vice president of Economic Development Research Group.