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

22 Sep 2021
Two cases before the Federal Maritime Commission will test the limits of the regulator’s interpretative rule on detention and demurrage penalties.
16 May 2014
WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland told Congress it won’t meet a federal mandate requiring all U.S.-bound containers
16 May 2014
WASHINGTON — Soon-to-be enacted U.S. port legislation will inject a modicum of fairness into a port funding program that has split the industry since the Harbor Maintenance Tax was created in 1986. The result is a big win for West Coast ports that have seen billions in taxes collected from their imports support competitor ports.
16 May 2014
WASHINGTON — It’s finally happened. Senate and House leaders have reached an agreement on long-delayed legislation that would authorize major port and inland waterway projects, speed up port deepening work and reform the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. In other words, Congress is addressing some of shippers and transportation provider’s major concerns, including a lack of equity for donor ports and the diversion of Harbor Maintenance Tax dollars from ports.
15 May 2014
The Port of Long Beach yesterday presented environmental achievement awards to 22 shipping lines that participated this past year in programs that reduce vessel emissions.
15 May 2014
The world’s economic focus during the 1980s and 1990s was trained on the Asian Tigers of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. Now Argentina’s top agricultural official says the focus is about to shift south.
14 May 2014
WASHINGTON — There’s plenty of bad news coming from Washington when it comes to long-term highway funding. With the federal Highway Trust Fund, the main engine of highway construction, set to dry up as soon as late August, states are already shelving long-term projects. In other words, trucking companies shouldn’t expect any relief to congestion, even if there is still enough money to fill potholes left by the brutal winter.
14 May 2014
For years, truck drivers have complained about being pushed by dispatchers and others to violate federal regulations to meet unrealistic delivery deadlines. Soon, truckers may have a way to push back.
14 May 2014
WASHINGTON — A key report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this fall will go a long way toward determining how committed politicians and business leaders are to taking the North American Free Trade Agreement to the next level.
U.S. containerized exports
14 May 2014
U.S. containerized exports edged down 0.5 percent year-over-year in March to 1,075,428 TEUs, the second consecutive month of decline
McDonald's restaurant
13 May 2014
In 1988, when the Berlin Wall was still standing and Russia was still a part of the Soviet Union, McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in Moscow. The first of the chain’s restaurants to open inside a communist country, it drew crowds and global attention. Today, McDonald’s has 35,000 restaurants in more than 100 nations.
U.S. containerized imports
13 May 2014
U.S. containerized import volume climbed 7.8 percent year-over-year in April 2014.
12 May 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government will likely be required to send back to the ports all proceeds from the Harbor Maintenance Tax under soon-to-be-enacted legislation, eventually resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars per year in federal money flowing back to seaports.
09 May 2014
WASHINGTON — Long-delayed legislation agreed to by House and Senate leaders yesterday will allow U.S. ports to take on deepening projects without congressional approval and obtain federal reimbursement later.
08 May 2014
WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he is pushing legislation that would force U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide measurable benefits to members of trusted trader programs and would require other federal agencies to speed cargo clearance at ports of entry.
07 May 2014
With a cautious eye on the West Coast longshore contract negotiations that will begin on May 12, U.S. retailers expect containerized imports in May to increase 3.5 percent over May 2013, with year-over-year growth tapering through September.
Shoes
07 May 2014
U.S. containerized footwear imports plunged 22.4 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014, according to statistics compiled by PIERS, the data division of the JOC Group.
05 May 2014
Attorneys for Thomas Farmer claim the former Crowley Liner Services vice president’s antitrust conspiracy indictment is invalid because Puerto Rico is neither a state nor a nation.
02 May 2014
The following chart is based on exclusive research about cargo-owning companies in Europe.
U.S. containerized exports of logs and lumber, 2007-2014
02 May 2014
China’s relentless urbanization will likely keep imports of U.S. containerized logs and lumber brisk in the coming year.
02 May 2014
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a joint venture with a Brazilian consortium to develop a new deep-sea multi-purpose port in South America’s largest nation.
Snow in Chicago.
02 May 2014
CHICAGO — Chicago is living up to its reputation as the nation’s transportation bottleneck.
30 Apr 2014
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in Chicago last week it’s “plausible” that Congress will reform the nation’s corporate tax system by the end of the year, giving President Barack Obama the $150 billion he needs for his four-year, $302 billion transportation plan.
30 Apr 2014
DFDS today said it is shuttering a route between the U.K. and Denmark in response to tougher environmental regulations coming into force in January that will sharply raise the cost of ships’ fuel.
29 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON — Long-delayed U.S.
Dr. David Deng
29 Apr 2014
Dr. David Deng, China Merchants Holdings Intl. deputy general manager, on the challenge that carrier alliances bring to terminal operators and CMHI's recent projects supporting developing economies in new regions.
27 Apr 2014
Japan and the United States failed to reach a deal in bilateral negotiations over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement during President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Tokyo, which ended on April 25.
25 Apr 2014
The world’s top three container lines appear to have little visibility into whether Chinese regulators will join their U.S. and European counterparts in allowing the carriers’ P3 alliance to take effect.
The port of Liverpool.
25 Apr 2014
Peel Ports, owner of the port of Liverpool, signed a £100 million ($168 million) contract with China’s Zhenhua Heavy Industries to supply cranes for a new deep-water quay that will triple the size of container ships the northwestern UK port can handle.
25 Apr 2014
Vessel operators are being warned by the Coast Guard to make sure their vessels can fit under the 151-foot vertical clearance of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s Bayonne Bridge, which two ships have struck during the last four months.
24 Apr 2014
Thousands of workers at a Samsung factory near Shanghai demand compensation after learning the factory will relocate to Vietnam.
Canadian and U.S. flags
24 Apr 2014
CHICAGO — The Canadian ambassador to the U.S. yesterday said the United States should use all of its harbor maintenance taxes for U.S. port work and shouldn’t impose a fee on U.S.-bound containers coming through Mexican and Canadian ports.
23 Apr 2014
The Port of Houston Authority has received a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers draft permit for deepening the port’s Bayport terminal channel, and it said it expects soon to receive a similar permit for its Barbours Cut terminal.
Car parts: gears
23 Apr 2014
In the mature and stable, some would say boring, trans-Atlantic trade, one category of containerized shipments is booming. The volume growth of U.S. auto exports and auto parts imports ranks first among the top five commodities shipped.
22 Apr 2014
Japan’s containerized cargo trade will remain almost unchanged in fiscal 2014, which started on April 1, from the previous fiscal year, a Tokyo-based research firm predicted in a new report.
22 Apr 2014
Arizona authorities are urging the federal government to consider some Mexican cross-border truckers’ complaints of unfair treatment and prevent a possible blockade at the largest port of entry in the state.