2013 Annual Review & Outlook - Government

The U.S. government enters 2013 with a huge opportunity, but also stiff challenges. Although the November elections retained the status quo — President Obama in the White House, Republicans in control of the House and Democrats leading the Senate — a new sense of bipartisanship appears to be emerging. The chief concern, of course, is avoiding the fiscal cliff, and although an 11th hour deal on Jan. 1 averted the most dire of consequences, new cliffs are approaching that could send the U.S. economy flailing. On the policy front, motor carriers and shippers are watching anxiously as new hours-of-service regulations approach this summer, and as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gets more aggressive in its fight against unsafe operators with its CSA initiative. U.S. Customs, meanwhile, is pressing ahead with its Automated Commercial Environment and signing agreements with overseas partners to facilitate trade while protecting it against terrorist attacks. And, of course, all eyes will be on what Washington does to upgrade infrastructure on U.S. roads, bridges and inland waterways.  

Index of all Annual Review & Outlook comments, alphabetical by company

18 Jan 2013
With the 2012 departure of Customs Commissioner Alan Bersin, acting Commissioner David Aguilar will face plenty of thorny
10 Jan 2013
Let’s try this again, Washington.  
Fifth Annual Shippers Roundtable.
10 Jan 2013
After a seesaw year in which freight rates bounded up and down like a yo-yo, shippers and carriers alike are looking for stability and predictability in their businesses.
10 Jan 2013
After spending much of President Obama’s first term on hours-of-service regulations and the Compliance, Safety, Accountab


Governments around the world are taking action to improve the external environment of their trading community by, for example, improving existing infrastructure, creating a better general business environment and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of their national economic, institutional, regulatory and competition policies.