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The Impact of New Heavy Vehicle Regulations in the Road Transport Industry

With the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) beginning in February 2014 and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal's first Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) commencing in early May 2014, this year promises to be challenging...more

Safety Alerts and Other Recommendations in the Wake of Rail Accidents Involving Bakken Formation Crude Oil

Recent accidents involving rail cars transporting crude oil from the Bakken shale region have resulted in the heightened interest of rail industry regulators and other federal agencies, including the Pipeline and Hazardous...more

Energy and Environment Update -- January 6, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Trade Commission; Nuclear Regulatory Commission;...more

New FMC Commissioner Could Lead to Continuing Reforms of U.S. International Ocean Transportation System

On Tuesday, the United States Senate confirmed William P. Doyle, of Pennsylvania, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for the term expiring June 30, 2013. Commissioner Doyle joins Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., Michael...more

Up in the air – the suspension of the aviation EU ETS for non-EU airlines: UPDATE

Since our client alert last week, the European Commission has published a draft Decision and ‘Questions and Answers’ (“Q&As”), elaborating on its proposal to ‘stop the clock’ on the international aviation elements of the EU...more

Port State Control Detention Over Two Hour Temporary Defect Upheld

In a decision handed down last week, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal upheld a PortState Control decision to detain a ship for a defect which was rectified within approximately two hours of the inspection. Whilst the...more

Italy issues new “Golden Share”

On March 9, 2012, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a Law Decree (the “Decree”) that changes Italy’s “Golden Share” powers in certain strategic sectors and repeals Article 2 of Legislative Decree No. 332 dated May 31,...more

Transactions - The Top 10 Issues Facing the LNG Industry in 2012

A version of this article was published in the Oil & Gas Journal, Volume 110, Issue 2. Already witness to a number of changes in recent years, the global LNG industry in 2012 is likely to see further changes as...more

Delinquent Taxpayer’s May Lose Passports

The Senate passed the surface transportation bill with an amendment that would give the State Dept the right to deny, limit or revoke passports of “seriously delinquent” U.S. taxpayer’s. The passport provision is part of the...more

Government Relations: Political Concerns Over U.S. Shift to LNG Exporter

With new techniques to access shale gas in the United States resulting in dramatic increases in supply and as a consequence, lower prices for consumers, terminals originally constructed to import LNG are now attempting to...more

Proposed New Rules for In-Bond Transportation of Imports and Opportunity to Submit Comments

On February 22, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes changes to regulations affecting in-bond transportation of imported merchandise. The Notice can be...more

European Union Court Stays Course on Airline Emissions Rules

The Court of Justice for the European Union has ruled that airlines operating in and out of EU countries must comply with the union’s rules for greenhouse gas emissions starting January 1, 2012. In a decision that was...more

EU imposes further sanctions against Syria (with more likely to come)

I. Introduction On 1 December 2011, the Council of the European Union (EU) considerably expanded its existing regime for economic sanctions against Syria when it adopted Council Decision 2011/782/CFSP which introduces or...more

U.S. Authorities Weigh in on Emerging Derivatives Model for Global Transport Sector

On October 13, the FMC issued a proposed rule that would clarify and ease Agency regulation of service contracts and NVOCC service arrangements (“NSA”). Under the current regime, the terms of such contracts or NSAs either...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - November 2011

In This Issue: 1 - President proposes new hardrock mining fees in economic growth plan 3 - European Union enforces carbon emissions cap-and-trade on U.S. airlines 3 - McAfee & Taft attends 2011 International...more

Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Region 3 (Atlanta) Summit July 18, 2011

The Georgia Competitiveness Initiative (GCI)(http://www.georgiacompetitiveness.org/) is conducting summits in 12 regions of the State during the months of June, July and August in order to assist Governor Deal in the...more

The document that dooms US port security

The intertwined geo-economy makes world ports security vital.US ports are insecure. The insecurity lies in the dysfunctional Transportation Security Administration and its pathological fixation on the Transportation Worker...more

EU Sanctions against Libya – Listing of Libyan Ports

On 7 June 2011, the Council of the European Union agreed Council Decision 2011/332/CFSP. The Decision set out the Council's intention to freeze the assets of six port authorities in Libya. The asset freeze took effect on the...more

International Trade: US Customs Development - May 2011

In This Issue: US Import Policy; Tariffs and Import Restrictions; Preferential Duty Programs; Country of Origin; Classification; Procedures; Consumer Product Safety; and, Miscellaneous. Excerpt from "US Import...more

Sanctions Update Part 2

This is a two part sanctions update. In Part One we look at a Court of Appeal judgment delivered last week which has implications not only for the insurance market, but also for any industry which trades or transacts with a...more

Getting a Passport as a citizen of a State under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States of...

There are two provisions that relate to getting a passport in the United States (of America). The first provision deals with citizenship. The second concerns identity. This article deals with the first. 22...more

US security rule is a curse on seafarers

The maritime hobgoblin rears its head again.Work in maritime America ismeted out to theworthy by the organs of state security. The Transportation Security Administration is the gatekeeper,with the detested...more

Trade Association Asks FMC to Reopen NRA Rulemaking

On April 12, 2011, counsel for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (“NCBFAA” or “the Association”) submitted a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission (“FMC”) offering commentary and a request...more

Iran Sanctions Update

The European Union has on 26 July 2010 imposed tough new economic sanctions against Iran, going beyond the fourth round of sanctions approved by the UN Security Council last month. The move echoes the US' tightening of its...more

Energy and Environment Update - July 11, 2010

In This Issue: *Energy and Climate Legislation *Congress ..Congressional Offices Protest Yucca Decision ..Additional Issues to Address Before August Recess ..Legislation Introduced ..Upcoming...more

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