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

20 Oct 2021
US Customs and Border Protection is stepping up its efforts to reduce port congestion amid record imports by working with customs brokers to target illegal shipments, thereby freeing up staff and resources to expedite clearance of legitimate imports.
18 Oct 2021
FMC Chairman Daniel Maffei said the agency is still investigating issues around surprise surcharges and hopes to lay out better rules on detention and demurrage soon.
18 Oct 2021
The White House’s intervention to resolve port bottlenecks in Southern California faces steep challenges that will require coordinated action from terminals, truckers, and distribution centers effectively acting as an integrated system.
14 Oct 2021
Worsening port congestion is forcing western governments to realize that strong infrastructure is crucial to global trade and that migration rules need to be eased in order to fill supply chain jobs.
13 Oct 2021
A reallocation of assets and workers across the transportation landscape, combined with inventory rebuilding, complicates the outlook for US shippers in 2022, speakers told the JOC Inland Distribution webcast.
12 Oct 2021
The top US port leaders are asking the Biden administration to encourage, and even incentivize, importers and their transportation providers to use extended gates — and possibly tap national defense funding to help.
08 Oct 2021
The for-hire trucking industry lost 1,600 jobs last month, but the Labor Department expected a bigger drop, as transit, warehousing and courier employment surged.
01 Oct 2021
If passed into law as currently written, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 would bring about the most profound changes to maritime contracting since the 1998 version by allowing the government to weigh in on what constitutes a “reasonable” agreement.
30 Sep 2021
The National Industrial Transportation League said that it will get a new executive director as it ends a management services agreement with an outside organization.
29 Sep 2021
A demurrage dispute between a New York customs broker and Mediterranean Shipping Co. unmasks the degree to which key communication of shipment milestones is overly reliant on email.
22 Sep 2021
Two cases before the Federal Maritime Commission will test the limits of the regulator’s interpretative rule on detention and demurrage penalties.
21 Sep 2021
Demand fueled tonnage growth at for-hire contract carriers in August, according to the American Trucking Associations, but supply chain disruption and shortages still constrain overall capacity.
20 Sep 2021
Ocean carriers, terminal operators, and stevedores have joined to fight against the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021, arguing the bill will cause detention and demurrage to increase and further constrain the supply chain.
20 Sep 2021
Investors have backed technology provider Altana AI’s vision of building a map of trade network to underpin solutions for shippers, logistics providers, and customs agencies.
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.
17 Sep 2021
Importers’ failure to return chassis equipment in a timely manner is tying up equipment, causing disruption that has spurred the top US rail regulator to ask whether the railroads have gone too far in paring intermodal networks to please investors.
16 Sep 2021
A huge funding round for Utah-based digital customs technology provider Zonos shows that online cross-borders sellers new to international trade struggle to accurately calculate the cost of duties.
15 Sep 2021
The Federal Maritime Commission said it is taking steps toward addressing detention and demurrage bills that US shippers and truckers are facing.
13 Sep 2021
A US Congressman said other legislative priorities will delay any regulatory relief for US importers and exporters until well after peak season, despite growing calls for more immediate ocean carrier oversight.
09 Sep 2021
As part of the National Shipper Advisory Committee, the likes of Wal-Mart, Amazon, and DuPont will give guidance to the Federal Maritime Commission as the federal agency steps up its monitoring of the industry.
08 Sep 2021
The Federal Maritime Commission is meeting with global regulators as part of its regularly scheduled conferences regarding issues facing the container shipping industry.
07 Sep 2021
Controlling dangerous wood-boring pests in wood packaging material will require more consistent enforcement across the US and helping the private sector learn how to look for these pests themselves.
03 Sep 2021
The impact of Hurricane Ida pushed already high truckload spot prices even higher this week, digital brokers say, as capacity becomes more dislocated at the start of trucking’s peak season.
03 Sep 2021
A stronger than expected round of hiring in August brought transportation and warehousing payrolls back to pre-pandemic levels, but new employees aren’t distributed evenly.
01 Sep 2021
The responses of two major carriers to an importer’s complaint to the US Federal Maritime Commission underscores the difficulty in using a regulatory avenue to settle contract disputes.
27 Aug 2021
The White House named a former deputy secretary for the Department of Transportation to work with ports and related businesses to find ways to relieve the port congestion seen across the US.
16 Aug 2021
Increased infrastructure investment and regulation may help the US regain some of the economic ground it has lost in competing against China.
12 Aug 2021
Forget the fall, the peak US truck shipping season is under way now, trucking analysts say, with spot truckload rates elevated and contract rates still climbing.
10 Aug 2021
The Tuesday introduction of a bill that would significantly change US shipping law for the first time in two decades drew sharp fire from container lines, who argue the legislation is infused with “unfairness” that risks making imports and exports more expensive.
05 Aug 2021
A US importer’s complaint to US regulators of not getting trans-Pacific service contracts honored underscores how cargo demand and diminished efficiency leading to tighter capacity across all modes including ports is creating conflicts with carriers over agreed contracted volume allocations.
04 Aug 2021
Federal maritime regulators have ordered eight container lines to provide details showing how port congestion surcharges meet legal and regulatory requirements, the latest escalation in increased US oversight of container shipping.
03 Aug 2021
US ports and inland waterways are on track to receive at least $11.8 billion in new federal funding over the next five years through an infrastructure bill moving through Congress over the next two weeks.
01 Aug 2021
A formal complaint from a US home goods importer to maritime regulators is the first of its kind since the COVID-19 pandemic began and speaks to a growing sentiment among shippers and some forwarders that container lines have unfairly taken advantage of the resulting disruption.
29 Jul 2021
Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel is looking into China’s dominance of intermodal equipment manufacturing as a potential risk area for shippers and carriers.
28 Jul 2021
FMC Commissioner Rebecca Dye on Wednesday made recommendations on how Congress and the agency itself can beef up its enforcement of unlawful detention and demurrage.
28 Jul 2021
The proposed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 could restrain carriers from imposing legitimate detention and demurrage fees, undermining the goal of systemwide container fluidity.