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

15 Oct 2019
Shippers are being urged to plan carefully for 2020, as signs begin to indicate the US truck market may swing again next year.
13 Aug 2019
Will stiff fines force greater compliance by shippers with hazardous cargo declaration, or is technology a better way to prevent devastating ship fires?
13 Aug 2019
The port of Savannah’s intermodal terminal expansion project is about 40 percent complete as rail volumes set a new record in July.
13 Aug 2019
Yang Ming improved its revenue and volume in the first half of the year, but the Taiwanese carrier raised concerns over growing capacity and weaker demand.
13 Aug 2019
Imports from China were down 2 percent in July and 4.4 percent below the same period seven-month period in 2018.
13 Aug 2019
The largest domestic truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers reported double-digit percentage revenue gains in 2018 thanks to strong US economic growth and the tightest trucking market on record.
13 Aug 2019
The investment adds momentum to the port’s efforts to improve truck fluidity following high single-digit growth last year that has since moderated to mid- single-digit gains.
13 Aug 2019
New funding for freight invoicing startup BasicBlock shows investors are keen to back emerging payment technology and that carriers are struggling with liquidity in a soft rate environment.
12 Aug 2019
Sponsored: China’s One Belt, One Road initiative has the potential to "resettle the landscape,” according to John Painter, president and CEO of Guangzhou Port America. At the JOC's 2019 TPM Conference, he discussed its impact on volumes, Guangzhou’s near-term expansion programs, and the tariff question.
12 Aug 2019
Sponsored: CN president and CEO JJ Ruest discusses working with customers on individual priorities and investing in both talent and, at the Port of Vancouver, rail expansion with the Centerm and GCT Vanterm projects.
12 Aug 2019
Toepfer’s multipurpose index posted a slight gain as of mid-August as competitors stayed occupied elsewhere and one large freight contract was awarded.
12 Aug 2019
An almost 20 percent plunge in US imports from Asia in July shows the devastating impact of the trade war with China; import declines could worsen this fall with new tariffs starting in weeks.
12 Aug 2019
Indian shipowners want the government to review the country’s revised cabotage laws, saying the new policy hurts Indian tonnage growth.
12 Aug 2019
Three of the busiest container ports worldwide — Singapore, Busan, and Hong Kong — are all heavily reliant on transshipment, while another primarily transshipment-oriented port, Colombo, saw the third-fastest growth in 2018 of any port in the JOC Top 50.
12 Aug 2019
Ro-ro volumes from Mexico handled by US East Coast ports are on the rise as shippers are turning increasingly to waterborne options at the expense of truck and rail.
12 Aug 2019
Thousands of tons of air cargo face shipping delays after Hong Kong closed its airport Monday due to disruptions caused when anti-government protesters stormed both terminals.
12 Aug 2019
Intermodal’s grim first-half performance will improve as the fall peak arrives, but likely not enough to offset the losses experienced to date.
09 Aug 2019
Sponsored: Digital marketplace Emerge launched in late 2018, connecting shippers directly with carriers. At JOC’s TPM conference in March 2019, President Grant Crawford discussed the plans for expanding live data and the direction from which he sees the next wave of innovation coming.
Top 50 Global Container Ports 2018
09 Aug 2019
Asian gateways continued to dominate the global port market in 2018, handling more than three-quarters of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
09 Aug 2019
Premium freight rates charged on Matson’s expedited China service contributed to positive liner results in the second quarter that were offset by declines in its domestic services and higher terminal operating costs.
09 Aug 2019
The first use of an electric drayage truck in the Port of New York and New Jersey adds to the portfolio of initiatives in use by the port in a bid to reduce truck pollution without hurting port efficiency.
09 Aug 2019
There was little to celebrate at Europe’s main air cargo gateways in the first half of the year amid weak freight handling volumes that show no signs of improving.
09 Aug 2019
An international freight rate marketplace provider is providing forwarders with a free quoting tool to drive adoption of instant quotes while also building capacity for its BCO customers.
08 Aug 2019
Canadian National Railway and CSX Transportation will launch a new international intermodal service linking Montreal and Toronto to New York.
08 Aug 2019
Partnerships between TMS providers, digital brokers, and visibility providers are becoming commonplace, but that doesn’t mean the blurring between those models is easy for shippers to understand.
08 Aug 2019
Reversing course, Global Port Tracker is now projecting monthly year-over-year declines, or minimal increases, in US merchandise imports in the trans-Pacific during the peak season.
Profits fuel Saia’s ongoing LTL expansion
08 Aug 2019
Multiregional less-than-truckload carrier Saia is adding terminals in the US Northeast, building “capacity for growth.”
08 Aug 2019
Fleet bankruptcies show some capacity is coming out of the market, but it’s unclear whether that will make any significant dent in the oversupply of trucks available in the spot trade.
08 Aug 2019
Companies should have contingency plans in place for their inland European supply chains as low water levels on the rivers are posing a very real threat.
08 Aug 2019
With Rio de Janeiro’s Libra Terminal now in its stable of holdings, new owner International Container Terminal Services will look to boost the facility’s volumes amid competition from two rivals.
08 Aug 2019
Trans-Pacific container carriers have learned that by tactically withdrawing full weekly sailings, or in some cases maintaining the sailing but skipping certain Asia ports, they are able to maintain a floor on rates without severely disrupting the flow of cargo.
07 Aug 2019
Ports that invest in connectivity, such as Shanghai, the best-connected port in the world, are growing the fastest and contributing significant economic benefits to their regions, according to UNCTAD report.
US intermodal savings lowest in five years
07 Aug 2019
In its inaugural US Domestic Intermodal Savings Index, JOC finds that intermodal rates are closer to trucking rates than at any time since 2014, so shippers should closely examine their modal choices.
07 Aug 2019
The latest upgrade work at the port of Houston’s Barbours Cut Terminal that will enable the facility to handle rapidly growing cargo volumes received the backing of Port of Houston Authority, which agreed to spend $39.7 million on the project.
07 Aug 2019
Roadrunner Transportation Systems reported revenue and profits were down in the second quarter as it battled weak conditions in the airfreight, truckload, LTL, and intermodal markets.