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 Dec 2019
IHS Markit points to a “modest upturn” in the US economy, with consumer demand keeping freight in motion.
16 Apr 2019
Customs services at Mexico’s largest port will be available round the clock under a plan that federal customs authorities are putting together to help move cargo through the port more quickly.
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC
11 Apr 2019
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JO
Dustin Braden, shipper engagement manager, JOC
10 Apr 2019
Dustin Braden, shipper engagement manager, JO
08 Apr 2019
Container carriers and the shipper supply chains that depend on them are in for a rude awakening if European regulators repeal the block exemption for liner carrier consortia.
08 Apr 2019
Trucking operators and shippers should be keeping a close eye on the implementation of a National Drug and Alcohol Driver Database and other potential regulatory changes that will affect available capacity.
05 Apr 2019
Trump’s trade policies find little favor with footwear executives, but a former USTR reminded them that trade is a long game and the complicated US-China relationship predates the current president.
04 Apr 2019
With cross-border freight already delayed and logistics costs rising, businesses must plan for a potential closure of the US-Mexico border threatened by President Trump.
Mark Szakonyi, executive editor, JOC
04 Apr 2019
Mark Szakonyi, executive editor
03 Apr 2019
Six months after new government restrictions on hours of service for Mexico’s truck drivers took effect, rates have gone up, capacity has tightened, and it’s tougher to find trucking services to some parts of the country.
02 Apr 2019
While British politicians have been chasing their tails in Parliament, businesses in the UK and Europe have been planning for a no-deal Brexit.
02 Apr 2019
Carrier executives are increasingly confident they will have compensatory, floating low-sulfur fuel BAFs installed with their customers by the fourth quarter.
28 Mar 2019
Canadian shippers dependent on smaller trucking companies may be at risk of capacity shortages and higher costs as Canada’s ELD mandate draws closer.
26 Mar 2019
For trucking companies, third-party logistics providers, and shippers alike, the lack of progress in this area after a year spent stressing the need for greater collaboration is disappointing.
21 Mar 2019
Only when carriers start actually using low-sulfur fuel later this year will the demand -- and the price -- be established.
20 Mar 2019
Although the final decision lies with the college of commissioners, a European Commission working group is examining the pros and cons of modifying the liner block exemption regulation, rather than renewing or repealing it.
19 Mar 2019
The International Transport Forum is calling for more clarity in the EU liner shipper block exemption rules, just days after the World Shipping Council submitted a report in support of extending the exemption.
08 Mar 2019
The Trump administration has designated Michael Khouri as Federal Maritime Commission chairman more than a year after the commissioner was tapped to lead the top maritime regulatory agency in an acting role.
07 Mar 2019
BCOs are taking a more proactive approach to avoid incurring demurrage-detention penalties, setting clear terms in ocean carrier contracts and even negotiating directly with terminals.
05 Mar 2019
Last year's decline in US container exports, especially those bound for Asia, has continued into the early part of this year as the US-China trade war lingers and outbound rail costs rise.
04 Mar 2019
IHS Markit Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh tells TPM 2019 slowing global economic growth puts the odds of a recession at 3-to-1, with a likelihood of a worldwide recession in 2020 at 50-50.
04 Mar 2019
President Donald Trump will want to ensure voters in northern tier states don’t see heating oil and diesel prices skyrocket before the 2020 election as a result of the new IMO low-sulfur fuel rule, IHS Markit vice chairman Daniel Yergin tells the TPM 2019 Conference.
01 Mar 2019
The DOT OIG's audit of FMCSA medical certification procedures and examiners is one example of how federal regulators are cracking down on truck and bus drivers in an effort to keep unqualified drivers off the road and reduce accidents and fatalities.
27 Feb 2019
The risk of severe disruption in early 2020 should be on the minds of all beneficial cargo owners and forwarders leading up to the Jan. 1 imposition of the IMO's low-sulfur fuel rules.
26 Feb 2019
Matson CEO Matt Cox says additional costs associated with the IMO's 2020 low-sulfur fuel rules are quickly becoming the defining factor in annual trans-Pacific contract negotiations.
26 Feb 2019
Enforcement of a revamped customs program requiring carriers to electronically submit manifest data prior to arrival or departure at Indian ports had already been pushed back twice.
21 Feb 2019
The higher cost of low-sulfur fuel remains one of the greatest threats to carrier profitability over the next year.
20 Feb 2019
The European Commission is reviewing submissions regarding a five-year extension of the exemption covering liner carrier consortia in advance of a 2020 expiration of the current extension.
19 Feb 2019
With less than a year to go before the IMO's global requirement for the use of low-sulfur fuel, vessel operators still lack clarity into plans by refiners and suppliers to ensure sufficient fuel and infrastructure at major US gateways.
15 Feb 2019
With meat shipments to the Middle East poised to decline, exporters are hoping the lifting of a previous ban in Russia and an outbreak of African Swine Flu in China will offset those losses.
14 Feb 2019
Consolidation in the GTM software space and Maersk's purchase of customs broker Vandergrift are signs shippers want to more closely link logistics and compliance activities.
12 Feb 2019
The deal gives the company more trade compliance firepower to accelerate its evolution to an integrator able to provide deeper supply chain management to shippers.
08 Feb 2019
Maersk and others are cracking down on dangerous goods misdeclarations, but more awareness is needed to address the underlying issues behind improper cargo classification.
01 Feb 2019
The US economy won't run off the road this year, but keep an eye on trade, tariffs, and 2020, economists say at SMC3's Jump Start 2019 event.