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 Sep 2022
Mediterranean Shipping Co. maintains it cannot produce discovery in an FMC complaint stemming back to July 2021 because of Swiss law and is now disputing a judge’s determination to issue default judgment.
22 Sep 2022
Sustainability ambitions from the world’s largest cargo owners are ramping up pressure on carriers to accelerate their transition to zero-carbon fuels or risk losing high-volume business in the coming decades.
21 Sep 2022
Half of the complaints are under investigation by the FMC while the other half of submissions were denied for timing, insufficient information, or misalignment with the complaint process.
21 Sep 2022
US for-hire truck tonnage jumped 2.8 percent in August from July, according to the American Trucking Associations, as consumers and the US economy remained resilient despite inflation.
20 Sep 2022
A majority of respondents support the FMC emergency data sharing order, but container lines and other groups believe port congestion is improving and, therefore, does constitute an "emergency."
19 Sep 2022
A new data element mandated by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 in June hasn’t changed the score for importers that struggle with the pressure of retrieving containers while disputing demurrage charges.
19 Sep 2022
In the third detention and demurrage complaint against Hapag-Lloyd in the past year, Orange Avenue Express alleged the ocean carrier charged $258,000 in detention for containers that could not be returned due to port congestion.
16 Sep 2022
The FMC’s emergency order on data sharing would seek to alleviate port congestion by requiring more visibility into appointment availability, empty container return times, and terminal closures.
15 Sep 2022
The US producer price indexes (PPIs) for trucking dropped in August as contract pricing cooled and fuel prices and surcharges came down.
14 Sep 2022
 US agriculture shippers still face challenges and elevated costs in reaching overseas markets due to unexpected billing from ocean carriers and uncertain vessel schedules.
09 Sep 2022
A mandated “container available” data element related to demurrage fees is largely not being complied with yet as the shipping industry grapples with the immediate implications of OSRA-22.
08 Sep 2022
The complaint to the Federal Maritime Commission is the latest made by a shipper against a major carrier following OSRA-22 being signed into law in June.
02 Sep 2022
While trucking makes hiring gains in the US, unadjusted warehousing and storage employment has fallen in four of the past five months, contributing to supply chain bottlenecks.
02 Sep 2022
Technology intended to help shippers and forwarders manage arrival notice information might be the solution that federal regulators are seeking to bridge data gaps from carriers and terminals.
01 Sep 2022
The HOS exemption has been extended five times since it was put in place in 2020 by a presidential emergency order, and it has been modified as the pandemic evolved.
01 Sep 2022
Rolled cargo complaints have come up several times this year before the FMC after heavy pandemic-induced demand in late 2020 into 2021 overwhelmed available vessel capacity.
30 Aug 2022
New data suggest US consumer spending on import-centric goods remains far above pre-COVID levels and, moreover, that the shift back toward discretionary services is not happening as fast as some anticipated.
23 Aug 2022
Yang Ming has been hit twice this year with complaints from importers alleging the carrier failed to honor capacity commitments.
12 Aug 2022
Declines in the producer price indexes for various sectors of trucking reflect falling fuel surcharge revenue and lower rates in new contracts, but don’t point to a large-scale pricing rollback.
12 Aug 2022
While the FMC seeks input over whether to declare an emergency need for information sharing by container lines, the agency’s advisory committee has suggested setting up a parallel carrier group to improve dialogue.
04 Aug 2022
Ocean carriers serving the Port of New York and New Jersey should do more to sweep up empty containers, according to FMC chairman Daniel Maffei, as the agency announces a broader look into the issue.
04 Aug 2022
An FMC data initiative that launched late last year involved industry stakeholder meetings with participants from container lines, shippers, forwarders, longshore unions, railroads, and technology solutions providers.
04 Aug 2022
Maritime regulators are wrestling with how to refine rulemaking on when it is unreasonable for carriers to refuse export bookings, writes JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
03 Aug 2022
The call for export and import data comes as small- and medium-sized US agricultural exporters complain that their cargo has been largely ignored by carriers over the past three years.
01 Aug 2022
Despite the FMC finding there was no collusion among ocean shipping alliances causing elevated freight rates, NITL believes there are still concerns about the industry that new antitrust legislation could address.
29 Jul 2022
The reorganization within the FMC comes as the agency steps up its enforcement and compliance activities in the wake of US shipping reform.
28 Jul 2022
The complaint brought by a New York-based food importer is the latest in a string of detention and demurrage cases the FMC has investigated of late.
26 Jul 2022
Ten days after the US Federal Maritime Commission told shippers they no longer need to pay a filing fee or retain a lawyer to submit a complaint, shippers have already begun taking advantage of the updated process.
25 Jul 2022
Pressure is mounting on European regulators to conduct a review of container shipping’s block exemption from competition law.
14 Jul 2022
The US Federal Maritime Commission is casting a wider net for potential investigations into container demurrage and detention billing with new steps for initiating complaints.
14 Jul 2022
A range of US importers are at risk of violating new regulations over the involvement of forced labor in the goods they import, leading Maersk and technology vendor Altana AI to partner in a program to help shippers identify that risk.
13 Jul 2022
The complaint comes one month after OSRA-22 became law, giving the FMC additional funding to hire more staff to increase monitoring of the container shipping industry.
12 Jul 2022
OSRA-22's immediate requirement for accurate billing of detention and demurrage fees has set off a scramble among ocean carriers and marine terminal operators to update their invoicing practices and systems.
12 Jul 2022
The Digital Container Shipping Association is ramping up efforts to drive electronic bill of lading adoption by working with four technology vendors and a major shipper to ensure their products are interoperable.
11 Jul 2022
After three years of appeals failed to stop AB5, California legislators are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to take any action he can to further delay the worker classification law or exempt truckers from it.
08 Jul 2022
Competition watchdogs in key Asian jurisdictions are extending antitrust exemptions for the vessel-sharing agreements of ocean carriers, but trimming the validity period of those exemptions.