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

22 Oct 2019
India’s port development efforts include reinvigorating dozens of minor coastal harbors in order to enhance their freight handling capability.
28 Aug 2019
Data from the spot freight procurement platform Cargobase finds shippers should consider a limited number of quotes and the right timeline to solicit.
28 Aug 2019
Hong Kong in November will start down the road of X-raying all airfreight shipments, which has users worried about the costs -- in both time and money.
28 Aug 2019
The low-cost transportation execution provider AscendTMS is partnering with EDI connectivity platform Kleinschmidt to help its broker, shipper, and carrier users digitize basic processes like load tendering and payment.
28 Aug 2019
Wide-ranging software development — from in-house teams to fostering startups — in Bangalore shows Maersk is putting resources toward its stated intent to become a global logistics integrator.
27 Aug 2019
A forwarder that has just launched a new index to document price changes on freight moving from Asia to Mexico says the peak season will be weak this year, as consumers shy away from spending due to the country’s ailing economy.
27 Aug 2019
US wind energy is growing, but tariffs could slow a booming industry.
27 Aug 2019
JOC Senior Technology Editor Eric Johnson talks about what the introduction of three new carrier-developed digital entities — TradeLens, the Global Business Shipping Network, and the Digital Container Shipping Association — means to the liner shipping industry.
27 Aug 2019
Ireland’s second-largest port has boosted its customs facilities ahead of the turbulence expected from what is looking increasingly like a no-deal Brexit by the United Kingdom from the EU.
27 Aug 2019
A logistics collaboration software provider debuts a new freight payment capability that’s tied directly to the shipment, a process that’s unusual for shippers except in situations where a TMS provides such capability.
26 Aug 2019
In order to prevent further loss of market share, Los Angeles and Long Beach are seeking approval from their harbor commissions to collaborate on supply chain optimization initiatives.
26 Aug 2019
US inventory levels are dropping, but not enough yet to boost surface transportation demand.
26 Aug 2019
Heartland Express has acquired truckload carrier Millis Transfer and the Millis driving school for $150 million, the second major acquisition the Iowa carrier has made in two years.
26 Aug 2019
The parent company of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) said it had turned a profit in the first half of 2019, and that the strategy of keeping the two carriers as separate entities was “bearing fruit.”
26 Aug 2019
The group that represents India’s privately owned ports and terminals wants to ensure that revenues are distributed properly under a new pricing model in the final stages of implementation by the government.
26 Aug 2019
JOC Associate Editor Ari Ashe explains why chassis shortages are such a problem in the international transportation space and why finding a solution is so difficult.
26 Aug 2019
Digital freight broker Loadsmart has built an extension to its platform to allow shippers using shareable spreadsheets to request rates and book truckloads directly within those documents.
26 Aug 2019
JOC event in Mumbai highlights the number of companies targeting container logistics in a country known for its relatively light use of containerized supply chains.
26 Aug 2019
Supply chain software providers are using application program interfaces (APIs) to connect previously disparate data sources and systems, potentially ushering a new strata of neutrality in freight transportation.
23 Aug 2019
China announced its own round of new tariffs, prompting President Donald Trump late Friday to raise US tariffs on Chinese imports and instruct US companies to begin looking for alternatives to doing business with Beijing.
23 Aug 2019
Announcing what it said was a “socially responsible choice” to protect the Arctic and the planet, CMA CGM will not allow its ships to sail along the Northern Sea Route from Europe to Asia, and will protect the environment by prioritizing the use of LNG fuel.
23 Aug 2019
The Port of Virginia will shift more vessel calls to the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal so shippers using rail can receive their cargo faster.
23 Aug 2019
After two bills that would have banned the use of double tractor-trailers stalled in the Mexican legislature, a new proposal calls for cutting the allowable weight of the vehicles.
23 Aug 2019
WWO says it will fully cooperate with Australia’s ongoing ro-ro cartel investigation that had already ensnared Japanese firms NYK and “K” Line.
23 Aug 2019
Digital freight broker Transfix is banking on a former eBay executive and venture capital investors to differentiate the company among a crowded field of brokers, digital and otherwise.
22 Aug 2019
Coyote Logistics reports its spot market index is down 24.9 percent year over year, but the 3PL believes an inflection point is near when demand will begin to pick up and rates climb again.
Port Newark Container Terminal
22 Aug 2019
The five terminals that comprise the New York Terminal Conference in the Port of New York and New Jersey will increase demurrage fees in October as part of their annual fee revision process.
Trans-Pacific westbound spot rate plunge set to deepen
22 Aug 2019
Spot rates in the westbound Pacific took a sizable drop this month due to declining US exports to Asia, which are resulting in especially low vessel utilization rates. The normal strong rebound, which should begin in November, could be muted as a result.
22 Aug 2019
The slowdown reflects easing global economic growth and retaliatory tariffs with the United States.
21 Aug 2019
The Army Corps of Engineers awarded two contracts this week for the final steps to complete the harbor deepening in Savannah and Charleston.
21 Aug 2019
A 10-week peak-season-only service launched Aug. 5 by Cosco and OOCL amid weakening spot rates adds a new level of confusion in the eastbound trans-Pacific, which is only being heightened by single-voyage extra-loader services by other carriers.
21 Aug 2019
Zim’s broadening partnership with the 2M Alliance helped the Israeli carrier record a profit in the second quarter of 2019 and an increase in freight rates for the quarter over the same period in 2018.
21 Aug 2019
The strong quarter for Maersk will strengthen its resolve in making what amounts to an existential bet that the integrator path is the best response to the commodification of ocean shipping.
20 Aug 2019
Ro-ro high and heavy imports are strong into the United States despite gathering economic storm clouds.