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 May 2020
With the US imposing higher tariffs on goods from China, importers of household goods moved production to Southeast Asia last year, primarily Vietnam.
20 Jan 2020
Opponents of the European Commission’s plan to extend Europe’s liner shipping block exemption regulation for another four years have ratcheted up their challenge to the proposal.
Court grants CTA preliminary injunction in California AB5 case
16 Jan 2020
US District Court Judge Roger Benitez ruled that AB5 is preempted by existing federal statutes, delivering a win for the California Trucking Association and dealing a blow to state lawmakers attempting to restructure the worker classification process for truck drivers.
16 Jan 2020
Visibility solutions provider Arviem, which aims to help shippers leverage cargo data into trade finance products, is piloting a process to ease inventory financing burdens on shippers in and out of Austria.
15 Jan 2020
Ag exporters are pleased by Wednesday’s signing of the US-China “Phase One” trade agreement, but the immediate impact on export volumes in the westbound trans-Pacific is unknown because the deal lacks specific details on commodity codes and tariff levels, they say.
13 Jan 2020
New Jersey truckers may find that the strategy California truckers have used to fight AB5 won’t work if a tough classification bill similar to the West Coast legislation passes in the state.
13 Jan 2020
Customers and service providers of container shipping companies have again voiced their opposition to the European Commission’s decision to extend the carrier block exemption for another four years.
08 Jan 2020
The world is a very different place since the advent of the Universal Postal Union in 1874. With the approval of “Option V,” the landscape will change, including the US being permitted to raise prices for packages arriving from other countries in exchange for a contribution into the Union’s voluntary fund.
07 Jan 2020
The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement may speed the processing of goods at US borders, but won’t necessarily speed transportation at the congested Mexican border, experts warn. That will require further investment in infrastructure and technology.
31 Dec 2019
Despite an easing of trade tensions between the United States and China, shippers will continue to diversify their sourcing options to mitigate risk.
27 Dec 2019
Customs officials and brokers in the United States are both being challenged by constantly changing tariff levels and a continued influx of smaller e-commerce parcels.
26 Dec 2019
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has concluded that the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships is a mandatory goal-based approach that provides the incentive needed to drive innovation.
24 Dec 2019
The US Federal Maritime Commission has proposed a rule that would see the agency take a more active role in detention and demurrage disputes, but container carriers are laying the groundwork for a potential legal challenge in 2020 should the FMC enact the rule.
24 Dec 2019
With growth in trade between Asia and North America projected to continue at a slow, steady pace in 2020, container carriers will be focused on keeping a floor on rates and recouping the added cost of low-sulfur fuels.
23 Dec 2019
New authorization for the US Ex-Im Bank resolves its quorum quandary for the time being and readies it to face off with China in developing markets.
23 Dec 2019
The ELD era has seen a big reduction in truck driver hours of service violations, but accidents and fatalities keep rising. That long-term trend isn’t necessarily related to the ELD.
23 Dec 2019
New legislation will take effect in California Jan. 1 that would make it much more difficult for truck drivers to retain independent contractor status, but owner operators are stuck in limbo pending a court decision on a legal challenge to the new rules.
23 Dec 2019
With economic growth expected to slow and relations between the United States and its largest trading partners still in flux, cargo owners are expecting low but sustained demand and increased pricing pressure in the coming year.
20 Dec 2019
The FMC exemption is part of a broader effort to reduce filing requirements related to freight transportation long after trucking companies and railroads were released from the burden of filing tariffs with the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in 1994.
20 Dec 2019
The JOC.com editorial team has identified 10 trends every shipper, carrier, and third-party logistics provider should be watching in the upcoming year.
18 Dec 2019
Submissions for and against the four-year extension of the carrier exemption from competition laws are beginning to land in the European Commission’s inbox.
17 Dec 2019
Year-to-date declines in metal, chemical, and forest product shipments will depress future truck volumes, creating an overhang that will affect pricing, a transportation economist says.
13 Dec 2019
A number of ocean carriers are adjusting their detention and demurrage fees in the next 30 days, causing shippers to pay more for these penalties being reviewed by the Federal Maritime Commission.
13 Dec 2019
The UK election result has introduced more certainty around Brexit, although the much-needed trade details of the withdrawal agreement have yet to be thrashed out.
12 Dec 2019
Truckload spot rates leaped upward in the first week of December, rising 12 cents per mile above their November average according to DAT Solutions as the final holiday retail push got underway.
YRC reports double-digit drop in LTL tonnage
12 Dec 2019
A ‘freight volume headwind’ blew hard against YRC Worldwide in November, driving down tonnage at YRC Freight 10.2 percent year over year. December is looking better, the carrier says.
Gary Cohn, TPM20 Keynote Speaker
11 Dec 2019
Gary Cohn, former director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump and former president of Goldman Sachs, was named as the opening keynote speaker of the 20th TPM, the world’s largest container trade conference, organized by IHS Markit.
06 Dec 2019
IHS Markit points to a “modest upturn” in the US economy, with consumer demand keeping freight in motion.
06 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.
03 Dec 2019
Cass Information Systems is partnering with the University of Tennessee to enhance its benchmark truckload and intermodal pricing indexes, and explore new data opportunities.
28 Nov 2019
The European Shippers’ Council has vowed to challenge the decision by the European Commission to extend the carrier exemption from competition laws for another four years.
18 Nov 2019
The number of violations issued to drivers for exceeding hours of service limits has dropped significantly since the ELD mandate took effect, but false log violations rose last year.
15 Nov 2019
The divide sharpens between those who see looming recession in freight numbers and those who see sustained, albeit slower, US growth.
12 Nov 2019
The Port of Los Angeles anticipates a very soft fourth quarter due to US tariffs on Chinese imports, which a new report said threatens 1.5 million US jobs and more than $186 billion in economic activity.
06 Nov 2019
The number of speeding violations handed to US truck drivers jumped 7.8 percent in 2018, but speeding has been a problem since long before that. Shippers need to help solve it.
05 Nov 2019
Over the course of two months this summer and fall, the JOC interviewed numerous industry stakeholders, economists, and other experts about the lasting impact the US-China trade war has had on supply chains that, in some cases, were decades in the making.