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

20 Sep 2019
CMA CGM backs off from proposed $50 administrative fee for detention and demurrage documentation processing after swift customer pushback.
27 Jun 2019
An APM letter to a Los Angeles city councilman says the construction permit sought for Pier 400 is needed only to install electrical charging stations. If the ILWU succeeds in blocking the permit, APM will still automate the 100-acre parcel, but will recharge the auto-strads with diesel generators.
27 Jun 2019
Private businesses that would benefit from a project to widen and deepen the Houston Ship Channel could speed its completion by helping fund the $1 billion project, officials said.
27 Jun 2019
The uneasy labor truce between workers at the Brazilian port of Santos and port authority Codesp will extend at least through July.
27 Jun 2019
Sponsored: Patrick Maher, executive vice president of trucking and logistics company Gulf Winds Internat
27 Jun 2019
Managing capacity is going to be crucial for carriers through the peak season as uncertainty grows over weakening demand.
26 Jun 2019
A new yard to be opened later this year aims to increase efficiency in the delivery and pick up of containers from the Port of Long Beach by reducing the distance of a drayage run.
26 Jun 2019
The eighth-largest US trucking operator adds an intermodal option in Indianapolis, making service between the US Midwest and Northeast more competitive with trucks.
JOC Mexico Trade Conference 2019
26 Jun 2019
JOC Senior Editor Bill Cassidy on US-Mexico border congestion, a topic to be explored further July 30-31 in Mexico City at the JOC Mexico Trade Conference.
26 Jun 2019
Ocean Alliance’s second round of blank sailings in July, following three blank sailings in June, indicate the US-China trade war threatens to turn the peak season into a disappointment.
26 Jun 2019
EPC execs talk labor, modularization and tech at Downstream 2019 conference
26 Jun 2019
Customs authorities at India’s JNPT want to hear from shipping lines this week on the issue of extra charges faced by terminal users.
26 Jun 2019
CMA CGM’s latest rail investment in India continues to tap into the country’s emerging inland market.
25 Jun 2019
Lower manufacturing activity, high inventories, and trade wars are flattening the US freight economy, speakers at the SMC3 Connections 2019 conference said.
25 Jun 2019
British Columbia employers have ratified a contract that was approved Monday by ILWU Canada, likely ensuring labor peace in Vancouver and Prince Rupert for the next five years.
25 Jun 2019
Mis-declared cargoes are a significant risk to container ships and crews, but a project being undertaken will consider whether blockchain can play a role in minimizing future incidents.
25 Jun 2019
The shipping sector is lacking investments in effective carbon reducing technologies, threatening to miss IMO 2050 targets for decarbonization, according to a recent report from CDP.
25 Jun 2019
The ILWU has asked the Los Angeles City Council to veto the harbor commission’s approval of APM’s construction permit, but since automation at North American ports is inevitable, the long-term goal of the union in this latest move is to ensure training for its members for the jobs of the future.
25 Jun 2019
With the final piece of a $1 billion plan to create rail terminals on the five largest terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey recently completed, the port is now focusing on how to improve fluidity once the trains leave the terminal.
25 Jun 2019
Asia to East Coast South America rates are on the rise, despite capacity rising by almost 8 percent this year.
25 Jun 2019
Trans-Pac carriers move aggressively to expand weekly service offerings from Southeast Asia in response to 25 percent Trump administration tariffs on imports from China. However, the ability of manufacturers to shift more production from China to Southeast Asia will be constrained by economic factors if the List 4 tariffs are implemented later this summer.
25 Jun 2019
This year is shaping up to be a tough one for the air cargo business with an unsettled trade environment set to extend the demand slowdown into the third quarter.
25 Jun 2019
The plan to expand South End Container Terminal, also known as Halterm Container Terminal Ltd, with an expected price tag of C$416 million (US$315 million), got 50 percent more support in the two-part survey than the plan to build a new terminal in Dartmouth, across the harbor from the existing port, at a cost of C$1.4 billion.
25 Jun 2019
Maersk is resuscitating the idea of assessing container no-show fees to forwarders and shippers and to itself if a box doesn’t load, though the difference this time might lie in the digital foundation around the fees.
24 Jun 2019
The front-loading of Chinese imports to avoid tariffs is disrupting US less-than-truckload distribution networks, forcing reallocation of resources.
24 Jun 2019
ILWU Canada overwhelmingly approved a new contract for the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, which should guarantee labor peace pending approval from the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association.
24 Jun 2019
Summary: Carriers need low-sulfur fuel to be available in key bunkering ports around the world, but supply uncertainty remains.
24 Jun 2019
Analysis of automated terminals by a Moffatt & Nichol engineer finds the capex cost of constructing an auto-strad terminal like APM is developing in Los Angeles is one-third that of a fully-automated terminal such as Middle Harbor in Long Beach, but the auto-strad terminal has 49 percent lower throughput per acre, which limits terminal capacity.
24 Jun 2019
Continued depressed pricing has caused service levels in the refrigerated cargo market to deteriorate, but BCOs say there are other issues that need addressing as well.
21 Jun 2019
With imports from China softening and prospects for the peak season looking somewhat dismal, carriers have already announced three blank sailings, with chatter among carriers indicating additional voided sailings could occur in July and August.
21 Jun 2019
A veteran executive with more than 35 years of experience will take the helm of the AAPA this Fall.
21 Jun 2019
Truckload carriers surveyed by Cowen & Co. are banking on a stronger second half and expect contract rates to rise 2.7 percent on average over the next six months.
21 Jun 2019
Supply chain technologies carry a disproportionate importance in emerging markets, where administrative and physical waste creates extra cost for shippers and end consumers.
21 Jun 2019
Rising cargo volumes have prompted the Port of Montreal to seek proposals from its two existing terminal operators for the planned new Contrecoeur terminal in order to hasten its completion.
20 Jun 2019
Sponsored: CargoSphere Managing Director Neil Barni on his company's approach to bringing digital innovation to the area of rate analysis.
20 Jun 2019
A sharp decline in shipper spending and freight volumes causes some to sound the recession alarm, but others still see slower growth, not steep decline, amid tariff threats.