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

17 Sep 2021
A Brazilian wood importer is the latest shipper to strike back with a Federal Maritime Commission complaint that alleges unfair treatment from CMA CGM and Fenix Marine.
05 Nov 2015
A year after acrimonious labor negotiations snarled traffic at U.S. West Coast ports, lawmakers have unveiled draft legislation that could trigger federal intervention to head off future slowdowns.
05 Nov 2015
The U.S. trucking industry won one battle, but lost another in Congress this week. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed legislation that clears the way for teenage truck drivers after killing an effort to increase current limits on truck weight.
05 Nov 2015
U.S. lawmakers took a serious step closer to a multi-year highway funding bill Thursday after the House of Representatives passed a six-year, $325 billion bill.
05 Nov 2015
Trucking companies hauling more than 12 tonnes (13.2 tons) in Russia will have to pay new federal highway tolls starting Nov. 15 that could increase transport costs up to 15 percent.
02 Nov 2015
Customs brokers and forwarders are urging the federal government not to botch the late February roll-out of the ACE “single window” program, noting how Australia’s implementation of a similar system roiled supply chains in 2005.
02 Nov 2015
Container lines, U.S. shippers and logistics providers are coming together to figure out the best way to prepare for the July 1 start of new global regulations requiring the weighing of containers before they are allowed to be loaded onto a ship.
29 Oct 2015
U.S. infrastructure projects focused on improving freight movement got more backing from the federal government in the latest round of a popular grant program.
29 Oct 2015
Too few shippers are ready to meet new global regulations requiring the weighing of containers before they are allowed to be loaded onto a ship, said Chris Welsh, secretary general of the Global Shippers’ Forum, the largest global shipper group. Welsh spoke with JOC.com Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi in late September about the risks of not complying with the rules set to take effect July 1, ways to meet the International Maritime Organization regulations and the complicated issue of who exactly is a “shipper.”
28 Oct 2015
Long-time truckload profit leader Heartland Express lost some traction as lower shipping demand met higher truck capacity in the third quarter.
28 Oct 2015
LONG BEACH, California — Footwear importers will save millions of dollars in annual duties if the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is implemented by the participating countries in the coming two years, the president of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America said Tuesday.
27 Oct 2015
U.S. House legislators advocating the scanning all containers that come into the U.S. used a Tuesday congressional hearing on the threat of dirty bombs, or explosives using radioactive materials and conventional explosives, to reiterate their calls for the long-delayed federal mandate.
27 Oct 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday approved a three-year deadline extension for U.S. railroads to install new safety technology, avoiding a catastrophe that railroads have said would cripple the network fluidity intermodal shippers depend on.
26 Oct 2015
China’s economic slowdown threatens container terminal operators and container-backed securities, according to two new financial advisory reports.
23 Oct 2015
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has voted to seek comments on possible changes to rules covering contracts that govern most ocean container shipments to and from the United States.
23 Oct 2015
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission voted 4-1 to change licensing and financial responsibility requirements for ocean transportation intermediaries, despite objections from one commission member.
22 Oct 2015
Cross-border shipments of auto parts from Mexico are outpacing growth in containerized imports through U.S. ports in a market roiled by West Coast port congestion and diversion to air freight during the first half of this year.
21 Oct 2015
Don't let the small drop in total revenue fool you: Werner Enterprises is doing very well in a less-than-robust truckload freight market.
21 Oct 2015
The United States remains Japan’s biggest export market, edging out rival China, and will likely see that status receive a significant boost from a historic trans-Pacific free trade agreement.
20 Oct 2015
For-hire truck tonnage picked up in September, after declining in August, although high inventories and the driver shortage worry American Trucking Associations economist Bob Costello.
20 Oct 2015
Trucking executives fear the potential return of 2013 hours of service regulations suspended by Congress last December, a survey by the American Transportation Research Institute shows.
19 Oct 2015
Frank Peake, former president and chief operating officer of Sea Star Line, has lost his appeal of his conviction and five-year prison sentence for participating in a price-fixing conspiracy in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico market.
19 Oct 2015
Customs and Border Protection directors Friday urged West Coast brokers and forwarders that haven’t done so to begin filing trade documentation through the evolving “single window” initiative that CBP and several participating government agencies have established, even though mandatory electronic filing is still more than four months away.
19 Oct 2015
India’s exports plunged 24.3 percent year-over-year in September, the steepest decline since July 2009, increasing pressure on the Narendra Modi-led government to rev up the economy in the wake of sluggish global demand.
16 Oct 2015
The Mombasa County government is trying to extract more fees from users of the Port of Mombasa at two points in the supply chain, which would further drive up shipping costs in East Africa’s largest container gateway.
16 Oct 2015
The benefits of the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership on Asia-U.S. trade will not be felt immediately, but the 11-nation deal will have an impact on volumes in the longer term, according to JOC senior economist Mario Moreno.
15 Oct 2015
Shipper fears of a "capacity crunch" have faded under a mountain of inventory, relaxed driver rules and lower overall demand for much of 2015. But today's "capacity calm" may not last long.
15 Oct 2015
China’s land and maritime transport initiative linking Asia with Europe and Africa, and the countries in between, promises to add up to $2.5 trillion in trade to the country over the next decade, a Kuehne + Nagle executive said Thursday.
14 Oct 2015
After two months of decline, the Cass Freight Index turned upward in September, with both shipment volumes and shipper spending on transportation rising toward a muted peak.
14 Oct 2015
The third-largest U.S. trucking operator saw revenue decline 1 percent despite higher rates, more volume and added capacity, thanks to lower fuel surcharges.
14 Oct 2015
China will remain the driving force in global container trades for years to come with scant possibility of an alternative region emerging to challenge its dominant position.
13 Oct 2015
A second explosion rocked the city of Tianjin, home to the world’s 10th-busiest container port, nearly two months to the day after an explosion in the port area killed nearly 200 people and impacted port operations.
12 Oct 2015
An arm of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said stronger action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships, and that a carbon tax on shipping would be a way to achieve it.
12 Oct 2015
Analysis of the giant Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement continues to pour in, with a top China economist predicting it will slash 2.2 percent off the mainland GDP while maritime analyst Drewry said the deal would lead to increasing container volumes.
10 Oct 2015
Shippers that operate truck fleets are urging U.S. lawmakers to give states more flexibility to determine whether to allow heavier trucks on their roads.
10 Oct 2015
China’s New Silk Road trade route initiative will benefit both China and Pakistan. And while international opposition is expected, internal politics pose the main threat to the largest-ever foreign investment in the Pakistani state.