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 Oct 2022
Of the 12 projects the US Department of Transportation is funding, 11 will receive support for developing container-on-barge services.
05 Jan 2017
From consolidation and alliances to a new president and regulatory environment, 2017 will introduce new challenges and opportunities. In a roundtable discussion with JOC.com, three shippers discuss their biggest concerns in the year ahead.
02 Jan 2017
US maritime regulators are on the forefront of monitoring the market for anti-competitive practices while nudging stakeholders to make containerized supply chains more efficient and reliable.
02 Jan 2017
Southeast Asia’s port scene is incredibly dynamic, and 2017 will be a year of significant changes with big implications for shippers.
30 Dec 2016
US maritime regulators have approved an alliance between container terminals at Port Miami.
29 Dec 2016
Food shippers have taken a particular interest in using the rail services made possible by the new line at Port Bronka.
29 Dec 2016
An exciting region for port development globally, South Asia had a busy 2016 and much more is expected in 2017.
29 Dec 2016
Customs authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and shipping lines are in a dispute over the cause of delays in the port's direct port delivery services.
28 Dec 2016
Plastic resin exports are poised in 2017 to begin a multi-year surge in volume.
28 Dec 2016
Indian maritime authorities have backed down from their pledge to abolish all shipping surcharges following stiff resistance from container lines.
27 Dec 2016
A diverse group of shippers is ready to challenge fees that container lines and marine terminals impose for delays at US ports. But first the shippers need approval from federal maritime regulators.
27 Dec 2016
Shippers have asked Russia’s competition regulator to investigate what they describe as a system of bribes and close business ties that results in some shippers receiving better treatment than others.
26 Dec 2016
Elaine Chao's pro-business approach could be a big win for motor carriers that have faced a laundry list of regulations under the Obama administration that threaten to tighten capacity and increase shipping rates.
25 Dec 2016
When it comes to big-budget infrastructure spending proposals, US shippers and transportation providers be warned: you’ve been down this road before.
22 Dec 2016
Authorities at India Port Rail Company Ltd., which is tasked with developing last-mile rail projects connecting major ports, met this week to take stock of the progress on investments under way.
21 Dec 2016
If approved, the agreement between maritime heavyweights would be the first global terminal alliance.
19 Dec 2016
A new near-dock rail facility at the Port of New York and New Jersey could shave half a day or a day off the time it takes to get a box onto a rail car, officials predicted Monday.
19 Dec 2016
Shippers, truckers, and logistics providers say the industry in the next four years must demand in a unified voice more investment in aging US freight infrastructure.
19 Dec 2016
The selection of a private partner to build and operate a new container terminal in Colombo is in limbo.
16 Dec 2016
Brazilian shippers stung by ongoing slowdowns by customs officers can take solace in the fact that when those officers decide to resume their duties as normal, shipments between Uruguay and Brazil will have less customs restrictions placed on them.
16 Dec 2016
What does the freight and shipping industry need from Washington?
16 Dec 2016
Forwarders handling shipments bound for Canada must now submit electronic house bills of lading prior to arrival or face steep fines, which could translate to higher rates and delays for cross-border shippers.
15 Dec 2016
Independent truckers want the full appellate court to rehear its case against the government's electronic logging mandate, as the compliance clock ticks louder.
15 Dec 2016
The only one of the four main terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey that does not have an on- or near-dock rail link will soon get one.
15 Dec 2016
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says language in a rule issued last year seen as "requiring" sleep apnea testing violates the law.
15 Dec 2016
South Africa’s national ports authority, Transnet, said it will shortly release a multi-billion-rand tender for maritime construction works at the country’s primary container port.
14 Dec 2016
The fight between the three major shipping alliances on US trades officially starts in April.
14 Dec 2016
It’s not clear just how much of an impact $1 billion in investment had on the top Florida ports gaining a larger share of Asia imports, but the gains are real.
14 Dec 2016
In another big-ticket reform initiative, India’s union cabinet on Wednesday approved new legislation meant to transform major, or public, ports into independent companies.
14 Dec 2016
Debt restructuring at a Santos container terminal that now relies on breakbulk cargo paves the way to a concession extension.
14 Dec 2016
The Malacca Strait is probably the hottest region in the world for port development at the moment.
Trucking companies say that rolling back of some hours-of-service requirements will restore productivity lost when they were put in place.
13 Dec 2016
As the Obama administration winds down, federal regulators are rolling out some long-awaited trucking safety rules, while Congress legislates driver hours of service. Some groups would like president-elect Trump to block pending rules.
13 Dec 2016
Under the original development master plan, Gwadar was to handle about 100 million tonnes (110.2 million tons) of cargo in 2017, but it is nowhere near achieving that figure.
13 Dec 2016
International Container Terminal Services Inc. is set to open its new Melbourne terminal in January.
12 Dec 2016
Here’s what shippers, marine terminals, port authorities, and container lines need to know about the 728-page Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation bill, which covers water infrastructure from irrigation to drinking water projects.
12 Dec 2016
The US toy trade continues to feel the force of demand powered by the Star Wars films.