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International Maritime Organization Discusses Implementation of a New, Low-Sulfur Fuel Mandate

Beginning on Oct. 22, 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a new round of talks centered on ocean-shipping environmental regulations, particularly the proposed January 2020 implementation of a new, low-sulfur fuel mandate. The initiative, coined “Sulphur 2020” by the IMO, will require maritime shippers to begin the usage of low-sulphur fuels in an effort… Continue Reading


FMCSA Seeks Feedback on Current Hours of Service Regulations for Potential Reform

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Tuesday, August 21, 2018 that it is seeking public feedback and relevant data from industry stakeholders to determine if certain hours of service (HOS) revisions may alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation’s highways and roads. The… Continue Reading


DOT Study Questions Effectiveness of FMCSA’s 34-Hour Restart Rule  

This week, a number of media outlets reported on a new letter issued by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General. In it, the department concluded that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 34-hour restart rule or “hours of service” (HOS) regulations aren’t having the expected impact on highway safety. FMCSA revised HOS to… Continue Reading


How Will the New Administration Impact Logistics and Transportation?

Here are three key points all shippers should be paying attention to as the new administration takes over: With Inauguration Day behind us and the nation’s new president beginning his presidency, it’s a good time to take a look at what could be coming around the next corner for the global logistics and transportation sector…. Continue Reading


Hours of Service Reform Remains in Flux…at Least for Now

Since 2012, drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) have had to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours of service (HOS) regulations. Originally drafted in 2011 and then put into place in the following year, HOS requires CMV drivers to take breaks from driving after periods of 10-14 hours (depending on the individual… Continue Reading


FSMA Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

Wednesday, April 6th, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule for the sanitary transportation of human and animal food required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, scheduled to take effect June 6th. The FDA states, “The goal of this rule is to prevent practices during transportation that create food safety risks,… Continue Reading


US Customs’ ACE Issues 4/08/16

In the near future ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) will be the sole CBP authorized Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system for entry as well as transmission of PGA (Participating Government Agency) data. The idea behind ACE becoming the “single window” filling system is that “manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and… Continue Reading


Prohibiting Driver Coercion 12/08/2015

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has officially published a final rule that will “prohibit motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in violation of certain provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations – including drivers’ hours-of-service limits; the commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations;… Continue Reading


Mandatory Container Weight Verification Requirement

In November 2014, The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) that requires packed containers’ gross mass be measured and verified prior to stowage aboard the ship. Although this container weight verification process does not legally take effect until July 1, 2016 it… Continue Reading