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 Sep 2019
The Federal Maritime Commission agreed to the recommendations stemming from a year-and-half effort led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye to address complaints from cargo owners and drayage drivers over what they considered unfair fees for failing to pick up cargo and return equipment in a timely manner.
Demand for US trucking transport services remains in an uptrend in early 2018
07 Feb 2018
US spot market truck rates are receding from January peaks, but not by much, and shippers should not take too much consolation in the dip: spring is coming.
The 0.5 percent sulfur maximum is likely to affect the price of bunker fuel, used by container ships.
06 Feb 2018
A rule requiring a new, cleaner bunker fuel in 2020 will likely boost ocean carrier fuel costs — and analysts say that behooves shippers to determine whether their carrier transport cost includes fuel or whether it could be an add-on fuel charge.
Port of Melbourne
02 Feb 2018
Container ships are getting too wide and too deep for Australian container ports, officials say. And that leaves the nation with a choice: find ways to accommodate bigger container ships or risk a negative outcome.
Port of Montreal
01 Feb 2018
The Port of Montreal is beating growth expectations and planning for the future.
30 Jan 2018
The sheer scale of China’s waste import business means exporters need to find alternative markets for their recyclable products.
The port authority said only 52 percent of the existing fleet of about 4,500 drayage trucks is compliant with the 2007 standard.
29 Jan 2018
Member companies that have invested in costly new trucks want the April 1 deadline enforced, saying they will be at a competitive disadvantage versus those who are allowed to continue driving older trucks.
29 Jan 2018
Expected and unexpected challenges have marked the start of the electronic logging device mandate era — magnifying shipper concerns about inadequate truck capacity and rising rates.
25 Jan 2018
The Mexican Federal Competition Commission, the report-issuing body, declined to comment on the release date but issued a statement saying the agency is still going through the steps set out by Mexican regulations for such investigations.
24 Jan 2018
After four years of behind-the-scenes work, US shippers, truckers, and intermediaries last month finally secured the federal regulatory hearing on their congestion-related fees for which they are not at fault. They should not expect speedy relief from the federal body.
23 Jan 2018
The Trump administration announced the tariffs Monday in response to complaints from US-based manufacturers that foreign competition was unfairly flooding the US market with cheap imports.
Tuticorin port
22 Jan 2018
India's government tax reforms and rising investment in logistics infrastructure are opening the country up to increased trade in 2018 and beyond.
18 Jan 2018
A downriver site on the Mississippi River would provide expansion capacity and no bridge restrictions.
18 Jan 2018
CMA CGM is strengthening its presence on the east coast of South America.
17 Jan 2018
Container lines and terminals denied using demurrage and detention as profit centers and warned that regulatory guidelines governing late fees for cargo pickup and equipment return would create more problems than it would solve.
17 Jan 2018
The California appellate court's decision, which is good news for beneficial cargo owners, overturns all but one environmental roadblock erected by a lower court’s ruling in 2016.
17 Jan 2018
One question that is definitely on the minds of shippers, especially transportation, is if the UK’s post-Brexit trade agreements will stimulate or dampen the growing Europe/UK economies.
16 Jan 2018
Commission action is needed because commercial solutions have failed, said representatives of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices, a group of 26 organizations of intermediaries and truckers that filed the petition.
16 Jan 2018
Waterfront officials are suing to stop New Jersey's governor from enforcing a law enacted Monday that would terminate an agreement giving the Waterfront Commission the power to do background checks and criminal investigations at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Politics clouds outlook for breakbulk steel shipments
12 Jan 2018
There is hope for the steel sector in the form of a macroeconomic tailwind: beneath the fog of politics, steel trade volume depends on underlying demand, which analysts predict will rise modestly in 2018.
12 Jan 2018
The health scandal, called Carne Fraca, disrupted shippers and container operations and resulted in several importers — including China, Chile, the European Union, and South Korea — imposing temporary bans.
10 Jan 2018
In particular, the FMCSA will focus on accelerating tests of autonomous vehicle technologies, believing they have the potential to significantly reduce crashes.
10 Jan 2018
Ocean carriers eventually will have an alternative to the Bosphorus Strait — if Turkish President Recep Erdogan sticks to his plan to start work this year on a new 32-mile canal. It is top among Turkey's new transport projects.
09 Jan 2018
From its roots in the chaotic trucking world of the 1970s, Johnston built the OOIDA into an organization of about 160,000 members operating more than 300,000 trucks.
09 Jan 2018
China last year announced bans on imports of certain types of scrap products from all countries in order to reduce the harmful effect of contaminated waste products.
08 Jan 2018
Thousands of Canadian truckers who cross the US border daily are required to use ELDs, but there are some differences between the US rule and the Canadian proposal.
08 Jan 2018
Under the expanded VAT system, all services at the Port of Chittagong will be subject to the VAT.
04 Jan 2018
The revised rules are broadly modeled on the bidding approach used for public-private partnership projects in the highway sector.
04 Jan 2018
As the third decade of globalization nears, Indonesia has several characteristics that shippers and business interests find attractive.
03 Jan 2018
New Jersey's new governor is a big union supporter, which could help the ILA in its fight against the Waterfront Commission.
02 Jan 2018
Extended, frigid weather and high freight demand have collided in the US heartland’s freight hub, squeezing an already tight drayage market.
02 Jan 2018
The technology enabled terminal operators at JNPT to substantially decrease dwell times, among other metric improvements.
02 Jan 2018
Carriers have little track record of self-policing in pursuit of overall industry gains. Can carriers change their operational stance?
02 Jan 2018
Business organizations, as well as individual shippers, had protested the truck weight limit, which forced transporters to move one container of goods in two trucks.
01 Jan 2018
The US regulatory agency begins the year with two vacancies — vacancies that will probably have a policy impact.