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

23 May 2019
Seasonal adjustments and other factors may have amplified a surprising truck tonnage gain reported by the American Trucking Associations last month.
23 May 2019
The volume of chemicals exports from the United States will be shaped in 2019 by the resolution of the US-China trade war.
21 May 2019
Toys from China remain unaffected by tariffs, but shippers fear they could be impacted by future rounds of tariffs.
21 May 2019
The automotive trade is waiting with bated breath for any tariffs coming out of the US Commerce Department’s investigation into the potential national security implications of imports of vehicles and parts.
20 May 2019
Texas lawmakers have backed legislation that limit vessels in the channel that leads to the Port of Houston to 1,100 feet, unless port pilots say that such a mega-vessel can safely and efficiently move up the channel in two way traffic.
20 May 2019
A proposal to impose mandatory speed limits on ocean vessels faces an uncertain future after being tabled at last week’s meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee.
20 May 2019
At a time when freight volumes should be increasing, they’re slowing, casting a shadow over the outlook for US trucking and intermodal rail operators.
16 May 2019
Complacent markets that were sure cooler heads would prevail in trade discussions between the US and China have been rocked by a rapid-fire escalation in tariffs.
14 May 2019
The European Commission is eyeing Cosco’s deepening reach into the European port sector, as well as the broader issue of state subsidies to Asia-based carriers and shipyards.
14 May 2019
The European Commission’s competition regulator warned that shipper suggestions that carriers create a uniform bunker adjustment factor (BAF) surcharge would be viewed as a “hardcore violation” of antitrust rules.
14 May 2019
One of the most prominent global trade management software providers sold for $425 million Monday, a culmination of a series of deals for GTM makers and also the coup de grace in a trio of deals for buyer E2open.
13 May 2019
Facing yet another hike in tariffs on imports from China, BCOs are reviewing their options, but the reality is if they haven't changed their sourcing strategy by now, it's probably too late.
13 May 2019
The conclusion of annual trans-Pacific service contracts this month showed that container lines for the most part got shippers to agree to reimburse them for expected higher fuel costs as of Jan. 1.
13 May 2019
Amazon’s logistics business needs to be regulated, but it’s not because Amazon is a bad company; on the contrary, it’s because the company is so exceptional, Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber writes in JOC.com's The Industry Speaks series.
10 May 2019
Trade attorneys say manufacturers should take the lead in lobbying for changes in trade policy, as well as consider potential M&A opportunities resulting from tariff uncertainty.
10 May 2019
US imports of goods that left China prior to Friday’s increase of tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent may be able to enter the country at the lower duty rate under certain circumstances.
09 May 2019
The first Central American vessel as part of two vessel strings from Seaboard Marine to the US East coast visited Savannah this week, a growing trade lane that has generated a 70 percent increase in imports in Georgia since 2014.
09 May 2019
While CMA CGM is the first carrier to implement the emergency bunker fuel surcharges this quarter, other carriers are likely to follow
08 May 2019
The costs of climate change and impacts to business are typically discussed as abstract and distant, but a review of recent history shows those costs are already here, and climbing.
07 May 2019
Container carriers will have to remove nearly every vessel from service for at least a week to transition to low-sulfur fuel as mandated by the IMO, but BCOs hope that carriers don't use this as a way to manipulate capacity during the peak season.
06 May 2019
US President Donald Trump's decision to hike tariffs on a wide selection of Chinese-made goods took the US trade community by surprise.
06 May 2019
Container carriers are rejecting proposed mandatory vessel speed limits, saying the move set to be discussed at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting later this month would undermine climate change goals for shipping.
02 May 2019
Already facing a low-sulfur fuel mandate in 2020, the shipping industry is just beginning to gauge how to decarbonize, with slower-steaming already being proposed.
01 May 2019
US importers paying tariffs might have some remedies at their disposal to limit their financial obligation, but many don’t know their options and are leaving valuable savings on the table.
01 May 2019
A rapidly approaching deadline for the implementation of early greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures has given way to the belief that only operational steps can do the trick with low- or zero-carbon propulsion methods still several years away.
01 May 2019
BCOs concerned about variations among carrier low-sulfur fuel surcharges may be able to shift volumes to exploit volatility in bunker pricing.
24 Apr 2019
Container carriers are caught in a classic “prisoner’s dilemma.” If they all install scrubbers, none of them reap the benefits of cheap, plentiful high-sulfur fuel that would come from widespread adoption of low-sulfur fuel.
23 Apr 2019
The US Maritime Administration has awarded $6.79 million in federal marine highway grants to container-on-barge projects in Louisiana and Virginia and a waterborne service that will move farm products between Long Island and Connecticut.
22 Apr 2019
US containerized imports from Asia dropped 0.5 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2019, after rising 15.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the PIERS data, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit
22 Apr 2019
Applications are now being accepted for $900 million in USDOT BUILD grants for the upcoming fiscal year, a 40 percent reduction from the $1.5 billion made available last year for port, road, and rail projects.
21 Apr 2019
Container vessel on-time performance could degrade even further as carriers remove ships from service to install equipment that “scrubs” harmful sulfur particles from ship exhaust in lieu of burning low-sulfur fuel.
19 Apr 2019
The World Trade Organization has downgraded its 2019 outlook for world trade growth to 2.6 percent from a 3 percent clip in 2018, and global manufacturing is weakening.
18 Apr 2019
Chainalytics sees contract truckload rates turning ‘negative’ year over year as oversupply hits softer US freight demand.
16 Apr 2019
Customs services at Mexico’s largest port will be available round the clock under a plan that federal customs authorities are putting together to help move cargo through the port more quickly.
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC
11 Apr 2019
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JO
Dustin Braden, shipper engagement manager, JOC
10 Apr 2019
Dustin Braden, shipper engagement manager, JO