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

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.
20 Aug 2019
One of the few positive indicators in trucking is the ATA Tonnage Index, which rose 7.3 percent in July year over year -- a signal that some don’t believe the industry is in turmoil.
19 Aug 2019
A new agreement between the US and Canada will allow the two countries to fully clear cargo before railroads and trucks reach landside ports of entry, reducing congestion and freeing up customs officials.
19 Aug 2019
Proposed hours-of-service reforms -- though well-intentioned -- are a “catastrophe waiting to happen” for the US trucking sector, according to one interested observer.
19 Aug 2019
Carrier market share in the trans-Pacific is not expected to change much in the next few months, in part because carriers will manage capacity by blanking individual sailings and deploying extra-loader vessels to handle import surges.
15 Aug 2019
Container carriers have already begun voluntarily reducing their carbon footprints, but shippers need to be prepared for the disruptive — and expensive — changes that must take place for the wider industry to reach IMO-mandated emissions reduction targets.
14 Aug 2019
The containerized shipping industry was able to convince the US Trade Representative to take cranes and containers off a list of tariffs going into effect on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.
14 Aug 2019
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed updates to the hours-of-service regulations covering the trucking industry to increase flexibility and safety on US highways.
06 Aug 2019
A new free trade zone created in the metropolitan area of Montreal will make it easier for manufacturers, producers, and wholesalers to make and store goods without paying taxes or excise duties on products that will eventually leave the country.
06 Aug 2019
Trucking companies are warning shippers that a regulation requiring fleets to switch from automatic on-board recording devices to electronic-logging devices in December could slow productivity more than some realize.
02 Aug 2019
Terminal operators at Mexican ports say they need to work more closely with rails and truckers, and have better coordination with cargo owners to reduce shipping delays.
01 Aug 2019
The head of the Mexican agency overseeing the country’s port system said it should be made more efficient and less expensive for shippers, reflecting shipper concerns the system is burdensome and unpredictable.
30 Jul 2019
Insufficient technological bandwidth and legacy ships may stall implementation of all-electric and hybrid vessel designs, despite showing significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in an effort to meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2050 goals.
30 Jul 2019
Morten Moller Weisdal, a managing director at Mediterrean Shipping Co., said Tuesday the need to improve sustainability in container shipping is “the single-greatest challenge of our lifetime.” Shippers, he noted, “bear a huge responsibility.”
29 Jul 2019
Global shore power could significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but faces significant hurdles to implementation due to a lack of national legislation and high electricity costs.
26 Jul 2019
As the IMO 2020 rule inches closer, analysts following energy markets are becoming alarmed at the possibility that the spread between low-sulfur and heavy fuel oils, which will guide the surcharges shippers pay, could be larger than shippers are anticipating.
26 Jul 2019
A recent uptick in pest presence in properly treated and marked wood packaging materials (WPM) has US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rethinking its ISPM 15 enforcement policies.
25 Jul 2019
Grants awarded under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program will support 20 projects across the United States, including the elevation of a tunnel to allow double-stacked trains get into the Port of Baltimore and the rehabilitation of a Port of Miami container terminal.
CBP inspections have uncovered a rash of properly treated and stamped shipments of inbound wood packaging materials (WPM) cargo that nonetheless harbored dangerous wood-boring beetles.
25 Jul 2019
Violations of ISPM 15, which maintains strict guidelines for treatment of all wood packaging materials (WPM) to prevent the accidental introduction of invasive pests, can result in the re-exportation of entire shipments of goods and large fines, even if importers and carriers have followed the regulations to the best of their abilities.
Freight coalition calls for US freight grant reform
24 Jul 2019
A program that awards hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds to port and other infrastructure projects each year should do so with greater consistency and clarity, according to a coalition of ports and transportation groups.
24 Jul 2019
With rates and freight demand low, smaller trucking operators may be increasingly up for grabs.
22 Jul 2019
Carbon pricing and climate levies are still in the running as potential solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in maritime shipping, according to industry analysts.
22 Jul 2019
US importers say they face a lack of alternatives, feedback, and proactive sourcing information from enforcement officials when treated and apparently compliant wood packaging materials (WPM) fail ISPM 15 inspection.
Operational gains path to early shipping decarbonization
19 Jul 2019
Although improvements in operational efficiencies alone will not meet IMO 2050 emissions targets, industry experts say they are the most feasible short-term measures to transition to a low-carbon shipping sector.
16 Jul 2019
Uncertainty clouds the freight outlook beyond August, as spot truck rates cool in July after rising in June and US inventories remain high.
16 Jul 2019
The 90-day suspension of MSC from the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism after nearly 20 tons of cocaine were seized at the Port of Philadelphia June 17 sends a clear warning to major container lines.
15 Jul 2019
A forfeiture would have pushed up Mediterrean Shipping Co.’s charterer rates, compounding the pain the carrier has already suffered via delayed shipments, added docking fees, and damage to its brand.
15 Jul 2019
A bill introduced in Congress addresses two key complaints among cargo owners and transportation providers regarding the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program: murky benefits for onerous program requirements and concerns over backlash if suspended or expelled.
15 Jul 2019
Older vessels and jockeying for cargo are crimping the health of the breakbulk sector, which can be seen in recent rate data.
09 Jul 2019
The recently signed free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam will initially be tricky to navigate for European importers, but the long-term benefits will be significant.
09 Jul 2019
US authorities’ consideration of forfeiting the vessel, which is owned by JP Morgan, could push up MSC’s charterer rates, compounding the pain the carrier has already suffered via delayed shipments, added docking fees, and damage to its brand.
08 Jul 2019
A large share of US-bound Mexican freight is shoved through an increasingly tight funnel of truck lanes vulnerable to freight surges, migration crises, and trade disputes.
US vehicle tariffs threaten fast-growing trans-Atlantic trade
08 Jul 2019
The US has hit the pause button in its trade war with China and has shifted its attention back to Europe where tariff threats are hurting business confidence, especially in the German vehicle and spare parts market.
More R&D needed for low-carbon marine fuels
03 Jul 2019
Alternative low-carbon fuels are seen as an impactful short-term solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping sector, but questions remain regarding implementation, availability, and development.
Sailing toward zero-emission container shipping
03 Jul 2019
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced rules aimed at reducing harmful sulfur oxide (SO2), carbon dioxide (CO2), and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.
Rising US-Mexico trade squeezes Laredo truck capacity
02 Jul 2019
Monterrey-based aluminum manufacturer Riisa wants to increase exports to the US but must deal with local capacity shortages and logistics challenges in Laredo, the largest US truck border crossing.