In March 2012 the Japanese government passed a bill amending filling procedures for all cargo arriving in Japan ports. The new regulation requires VOCC's and NVOCC's to electronically file cargo information with Japan Customs at least 24 hours prior to vessel departure from port of loading. The shipper listed on the master bill is responsible to file all house BL details directly with the VOC and Japan customs.

De lichte economische groei voor het komende jaar heeft een positief effect op de Nederlandse transportsector in het goederenvervoer. Onderzoek- en adviesorganisatie Panteia verwacht een bescheiden groei en pas in 2015 echt herstel.

The Chinese government is targeting export growth of about 7.5 percent in 2014, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said, setting sights lower than last year’s pace.

The goal, based on the U.S. dollar value of sales, has been distributed to economy-related ministries and local governments to serve as an internal guideline for planning, said the people, who asked not to be named as they aren’t authorized to speak to the media. Overseas shipments rose 7.9 percent in 2013, according to official data, as the government targeted 8 percent growth in exports and imports combined.

The International Long shore and Warehouse Union and their employers, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, are expected to resume negotiations on a new employment contract for some 20,000 longshoremen working at 29 West Coast ports to replace the one that expired July 1, but protests involving port truck drivers as well as Teamsters trying to organize local drayage companies could disrupt activity in the port.