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 Mar 2020
The Trump administration may be celebrating its “phase one” trade deal with China as a success, but the collateral damage on Europe will be costly.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
21 Jun 2018
Two proposals moving forward at the Port of New York and New Jersey to cut truck moves and curb pollution would provide alternative routes for shippers moving cargo to or from Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island by rail.
St. Petersburg.
21 Jun 2018
The new community, approved by the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service and the Federal Customs Service, will work to speed port operations and and decrease shipper costs.
20 Jun 2018
Shippers, carriers, and other participants in the supply chain are closely watching the US/China tariff volleys, but they say the effect on the market so far has been minimal, although that could change.
California US truck stop.
20 Jun 2018
A coalition of trade groups wants Congress to advance a controversial plan that would get younger truck drivers on the road. Can they gain traction?
Port of Montreal.
19 Jun 2018
Shippers that send goods through the Port of Montreal, and other Canadian ports, should be wary that underlying their apparent efficiency is a union contract system that Madeleine Paquin, president and CEO of Logistec, believes could create problems due to its inflexibility and inability to create work practices in tune with a modern port.
Toronto skyline.
19 Jun 2018
The Canadian economy is “humming,” an economist says, but can it outrun trade disputes with its largest trading partner?
A tandum truck in the US.
19 Jun 2018
US railroads and safety advocates are united in opposition to allowing the new, longer twin 33-foot trailers, while the trucking industry is split. Still, the players pushing for the change are large, well-financed, and politically savvy. The current truck driver shortage lends more credibility to their argument.
A truck travels on a US road.
18 Jun 2018
Brokers and shippers would have the first official checklist to follow when hiring truckers if an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Act reauthorization passes this year. Supporters believe it’s a step towards ensuring freight is safely moving on highways whereas opponents believe it’s a race to the bottom to find the cheapest transportation that would endanger others.
Brazil freight train with load containers.
16 Jun 2018
The truckers' strike in Brazil was costly, by several metrics, and no one would like to see a repeat. Still, the strike has prompted shippers, forwarders, and other trade stakeholders to reassess how they allocate transportation, with an eye toward reducing if not eliminating vulnerability.
Container ship near the Port of Newcastle, Australia.
15 Jun 2018
China Merchants’ purchase of a stake in the Port of Newcastle, Australia’s largest east coast port, would be its first in Oceania. However, the dealoccurs at a time of increased political and trade tension between the strong-performing Asian economies.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
14 Jun 2018
The government, at a recent stakeholder review meeting regarding trade reforms, set a Sept. 30 deadline for nationwide radio-frequency identification operations.
Port of Oakland.
14 Jun 2018
With manufacturing sectors in both nations in a strong uptrend, and China’s middle class expanding while US consumer spending is recovering after a long hiatus, only a full-bore trade war could deflect accelerating container trade between the two economic giants.
A Cosco ship being refueled.
13 Jun 2018
This is known: in less than 18 months, the container shipping industry will be hit with a massive annual operating bill in the billions of dollars. What is less known is how the costs will be passed along to shippers, and how ocean carriers will adjust, both in terms of capital investment and operations.
A container ship at sea.
13 Jun 2018
In a strongly worded letter, Nik Delmeire, secretary general of the European Shippers Council (ESC), said container lines announced almost simultaneously that they would be applying a surcharge, which the ESC viewed as “tantamount to price signaling..."
Trucks in Argentina.
12 Jun 2018
By week’s end, truckers are expected to go on strike and blockade Argentina’s main arteries to secure a 27 percent pay increase, which union leaders claim is necessary to cover the nation's inflation rate.
A truck travels in China.
12 Jun 2018
The China head of a global logistics provider said that a number of local less-than-truckload drivers in Anhui and Jiangxi provinces called for a boycott of a trucking platform provider over mismanagement of their capacity.
US Customs House, New York, NY.
11 Jun 2018
Shippers are struggling with how to leverage e-commerce channels profitably, but the US Customs and Border Protection service is struggling similarly with regulating the sheer number of shipments crossing borders, especially since many of them now qualify under the $800 duty-free de minimis level.
A container ship in Brazil.
08 Jun 2018
The Temer administration’s deal to end the truckers’ strike included minimum freight rates that some shippers argue favored truckers too much.
Port of Los Angeles.
07 Jun 2018
Global Port Tracker predicts record imports this autumn, with load-center ports once again under the gun to efficiently handle containers for their beneficial cargo owner customers.
The Port of Oakland.
07 Jun 2018
Federal Maritime Commission final rule issued Wednesday will simplify the contracting process between non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and their beneficial cargo owner (BCO) customers, concluding almost 15 years of petitioning by NVOCCs to allow them to negotiate with BCOs under the same terms enjoyed by ocean carriers.
ILA-USMX.
06 Jun 2018
An agreement between the International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance removes a great deal of uncertainty for shippers that send cargo through East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, and should spare them the need to take precautionary measures to prepare for a possible strike.
A truck travels on a US highway.
05 Jun 2018
US shippers may be concerned about the impact of trade wars and higher tariffs on their costs, but those jitters haven’t dented how much freight they actually ship. Initial reports from trucking companies such as Old Dominion Freight Line and economic indicators such as the Non-Manufacturing Index and Purchasing Managers' Index show the US economy is still rolling strong.
Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Terminal in Vietnam.
05 Jun 2018
China's ban on waste imports is generating more volume than some ports can handle as shippers seek new markets.
Port of New York and New Jersey Bayonne.
04 Jun 2018
Some shippers that send cargo through the Port of New York and New Jersey may take comfort from a federal judge’s ruling that the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor will continue to fight crime and oversee hiring in the port. Other shippers may be concerned that commission’s activities will continue, and hurt hiring and efficiency.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
04 Jun 2018
One group views the cabotage regulation change as an opportunity to lower domestic logistics cost and drive growth in India; the other, a domestic short-sea operators group, argues container line costs, port costs, inadequate infrastructure, and planning are hurting its transhipment business, not cabotage restricton.
Train freight rail car yard Veracruz, Mexico.
01 Jun 2018
Shippers that move goods in Mexico will want to watch the upcoming election and post-election period closely for signs that the country’s incoming leader is prepared to take steps to crack down on the growing rail/truck cargo threat from thieves.
Brazil truckers blockade road.
01 Jun 2018
One person was killed during the strike, which also resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in cargo damages, mainly foodstuffs and meat, along with widespread cargo delays.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
31 May 2018
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Thursday provided guidance on when drivers can use trucks for personal conveyance, among other guidance areas.
Port of Shanghai Yangshan deepwater port.
31 May 2018
Starting Friday, China Customs will require manifest submissions 24 hours prior to loading, or risk missing the intended sailing. One supply chain director called the order nothing new, but another called it a non-tariff barrier deployed mainly against the United States, but also Europe.
A container port in India.
30 May 2018
The provisional settlement came after officials from the Indian Ports Association met union leaders in Mumbai and expressed the government’s willingness to discuss and resolve workers’ charter of demands.
Truckers on strike in Brazil.
29 May 2018
Shippers are suffering throughout the logistics chain, with essential supplies not getting through and imports and exports frozen at the country’s main ports. Perishables are rotting away in many trucks or are stuck at the “full to bursting” port facilities.
Resin plant in US.
28 May 2018
After a year of modest growth, chemical exporters face a more challenging market in 2018, largely due to tougher regulations in key markets, especially China.
23 May 2018
The Canadian East Coast’s very stable market has recently changed significantly: it’s in a state of turmoil with many container port projects being considered — Quebec City (Beauport); Dartmouth, Halifax; Montreal (Contrecoeur); Melford, Nova Scotia; and Sydney, Nova Scotia (Novaporte).
US imports.
22 May 2018
With a strong economy and fashion in vogue, US imports should be on the rise.
Top 100 US importers and exporters.
22 May 2018
A detailed look at JOC's Top 100 Importers and Exporters of 2017 by imports, exports, and industrial sector.