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

08 Apr 2020
It is a matter of both national security and economic necessity that the flow of goods to end-markets is preserved. In turn, this requires identifying in detail the critical roles required for the transportation system to function.
Port of Los Angeles.
05 Apr 2018
Neither country has listed a deadline for tariff implementation, hence the situation remains dynamic and fluid. However, key analysts are formulating worst-case scenarios.
Port of New Orleans.
03 Apr 2018
Steel and aluminum are important cargoes at US ports on the Gulf, East, and West coasts and the Great Lakes.
02 Apr 2018
Investigators in the inquiry, led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye, have directed carriers to provide detailed information about their detention and demurrage practices; the same is being sought from marine terminal operators.
US Customs Building in New York.
02 Apr 2018
Shippers worried that the launch of the US Customs and Border Protection bureau’s (CBP's) much-delayed Automated Commercial Environment system could disrupt cargo flow can take comfort from the CBP’s conclusion that the launch went off without a major incident, and is operating as it should.
US Capitol.
29 Mar 2018
There has been little progress regarding the Trump infrastructure plan, but shippers will benefit from $1.5 billion in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant funds appropriated in the current federal budget — triple the amount of last year. Lawmakers have also expressed a commitment to pass a Water Resources Development Act bill in 2018 for port dredging projects to enable them to handle larger vessels.
Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
29 Mar 2018
Shippers could find their cargo severely disrupted at the Port of New York and New Jersey if a ban on pre-2007 trucks goes into effect, according to a letter by the New York Shipping Association and several trucking groups that criticizes an effort by two congressmen to revive the ban.
Port of Oakland.
29 Mar 2018
After six years of losses, the container shipping industry ended 2017 with a profit of about $7 billion. Financial reports of the 13 carriers do show improvement but do not yet reflect a full recovery — a recovery that should continue in 2018, given the strengthening global economy, unless political issues intervene.
Resin plant at sunset.
29 Mar 2018
The long-delayed boom in plastic resin exports is forecast to finally arrive this year, sector officials say, and a second wave is likely by 2022. That is expected to create opportunities for ports on all three US seacoasts, but it will also stress port, truck, and intermodal rail operations.
A truck travels on a US road.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers should be aware that there are anecdotal reports that questionable forms of co-brokering or double brokering are on the rise in 2018, as the supply of US trucks tightens and some brokers look to make a quick buck. During these instances, shippers essentially fund a double commission and could be exposed to financial damages, delays or lawsuits when things go wrong.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Mar 2018
China’s planned tariffs will initially affect US containerized exports, but an escalation could produce a wider impact.
DP World Terminal Cochin.
22 Mar 2018
Executives are increasingly viewing the emerging market economy as a bright spot for investment. And the reason is clear: India’s GDP growth is expected to exceed China’s next year.
Port of Shanghai.
22 Mar 2018
The top eight ports — which deal with the majority of international container trade volumes — handled 11.9 million TEU in February, a 10.7 percent jump from the 10.7 million TEU handled during the same month last year.
United Kingdom and European Union.
20 Mar 2018
The UK-EU trade reality is that a hard Brexit would delay supply chains almost immediately — something negotiators on both sides of the Channel will try to avoid, given the extra 21-month transition period.
16 Mar 2018
The biggest ship in CMA CGM's fleet called at Hamburg this week, but even though the port has the infrastructure to handle mega-ships, the delay in dredging the Elbe River access channel continues to hold back volume growth.
US Custom House, Charleston, SC.
16 Mar 2018
Shippers hoping that US Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial Environment system will soon operate without the kind of problems that have plagued it for years should not count on that happening for a while longer.
Bayonne Bridge (new).
15 Mar 2018
The bulk of regional economic fundamentals indicate a strong year is ahead for container trade, GDP growth, earnings growth, and job creation — with all of the positives that implies for lateral sectors and society.
A port in Thailand.
14 Mar 2018
The accelerated growth in intra-regional trade volumes as a result of the agreement is expected to provide a further boost to intra-Asia container trades already on an upward trend as Asia-based manufacturing increasingly serves Asian consumers.
Trucks travel in Brazil.
13 Mar 2018
Trucks are being hijacked at a rate of more than one per hour in the Brazilian city and its hinterland, according to reliable sources, and this has boosted insurance and security costs.
A barge leaves for a mission.
13 Mar 2018
With a quarter of the island’s residents lacking electrical power, long-term improvements are taking a back seat to rebuilding efforts.
12 Mar 2018
The Port of Baltimore won the single largest sum for maritime infrastructure in this round of TIGER grants.
12 Mar 2018
DP World has accused the government of Djibouti of illegally seizing the Doraleh Container Terminal.
12 Mar 2018
The Alabama State Port Authority is moving forward with plans to develop an automobile terminal at the Port of Mobile.
The Port of Los Angeles.
06 Mar 2018
US exports are on a growth track, but export expansion could be derailed or slowed if the United States enters a trade war.
Port of Charleston.
06 Mar 2018
In the letter from the South Carolina's congressional delegation, the nine lawmakers noted that state lawmakers have appropriated $300 million for the project — a substantial local investment.
The Port of Santos, Brazil.
06 Mar 2018
The São Paulo Harbor Authority’s six-month investigation concluded that the Log-In Pantanal’s captain, its first mate, and two other officers were at fault.
06 Mar 2018
IHS Markit Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh shares his outlook for global economic and trade growth with attendees at the 18th Annual TPM Conference at a time of growing uncertainty surrounding fiscal and trade policy.
A truck at a port.
06 Mar 2018
A coalition of beneficial cargo owners, freight forwarders, and truckers scored a small victory, as the Federal Maritime Commission voted to investigate its petition that ocean carriers and marine terminal operators unfairly charge detention and demurrage fees — even when the delay is out of the shippers’ control.
05 Mar 2018
Political decisions, whether in trade or monetary policy, are the biggest threats toward US and global economic expansion, IHS Markit’s Nariman Behravesh tells TPM 2018.
The Port of Santos, Brazil.
02 Mar 2018
Shippers were hit especially hard Thursday by the RF strike on the border of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, its Mercosur trade bloc neighbors. There, 200 trucks have been stuck at the border at Ponta Porã, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, since Wednesday morning.
Trucks near the Port of New York and New Jersey.
02 Mar 2018
Shippers who place a priority on the environmental efforts of ports they use may be concerned that the Port of New York and New Jersey truck replacement program has stopped because the port cannot comply with federal rules requiring US steel and iron to be used in replacement trucks.
Aluminum cans stacked.
02 Mar 2018
The ports are concerned that tariffs will lower steel and aluminum imports and invite retaliation that will undermine exports of US products.
The Port of Veracruz.
01 Mar 2018
Economists say the eastward drift in Mexico’s volume is partly due to the expanded Panama Canal opening, enabling ships of up to 14,000 TEU to traverse the waterway, but also due to the improved economic situation in Europe.
The Port of Savannah.
01 Mar 2018
The due date remains January 2022, but that could be delayed if the federal government does not provide the entire $100 million Georgia officials have sought.
Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
28 Feb 2018
Shippers will have a harder time finding drayage services at the Port of New York and New Jersey if a program to ban trucks with engines age 2007 and older is revived — rendering thousands of trucks obsolete from port work.
A container ship.
27 Feb 2018
The dispute, which has arisen annually during the past several years, comes as shippers, carriers, and ports prepare for the 2018 Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season, which runs from late March through the end of the year.