5 Must-Know Regulatory Changes for Over-The-Road Shipping in 2024

Posted by Fernando Correa ● Jan 24, 2024 11:39:28 AM

For those in the logistics industry, specifically over-the-road shipping, growth and success are high on the agenda as we embark on another year. Reflecting on the triumphs and adversities of the past year arms us with valuable insights and sets the stage for a promising year ahead. Yet, it's more complex than it appears.

The industry is often caught in the whirlwind of frequent regulatory changes. Hence, staying current and agile is more vital than ever in this fast-paced arena.

Let's delve into five critical areas you need to focus on to turn the new regulatory environment to your favor, propelling you toward unprecedented success in the coming year. 

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Staying Ahead: Adapting to Regulatory Changes in the New Year

As we venture into 2024, the landscape of over-the-road shipping continues to evolve rapidly. Tackling this dynamic environment requires a robust understanding of the upcoming regulatory changes. 

The following section presents an overview of these changes, as well as new health and safety regulations introduced in response to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let's navigate these regulatory waves together and plan a successful year.


1. Updates to Cross-Border Shipping Protocols

In light of ongoing changes, the rules set forth by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) remain fluid. This year, tighter inspections and increased paperwork are predicted for shippers.

To retain competitiveness, it's recommended you keep abreast with the current customs bond conditions - a security measure used by CBP to guarantee due duties and taxes from importers.


2. The Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Mandate 

Is your fleet ELD compliant? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires the use of ELDs by all drivers and carriers who are currently required to keep records of duty status. 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has updated the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers without compromising safety.

If you haven't switched from paper logs to the electronic system, this is the time for it. Neglecting to do so can lead to hefty fines. 


3. Environmental Regulations 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented stricter emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks, which may require fleet upgrades or modifications. Advantages of these standards, you should choose greener alternatives like hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid, or natural gas powertrain options.

This not only aids in reducing the carbon footprint but also is expected to improve fuel efficiency, a double win for carriers.


4. The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse 

This year, the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will require employers to conduct both electronic queries and traditional manual inquiries with previous employers to meet the controlled substances and alcohol testing regulations set by the regulatory bodies. Not complying may lead to heavy penalties. Stay updated on these changing rules. 


5. Health and Safety Regulations due to COVID-19 

Expect an impact on the logistics industry due to changes in health and safety regulations caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. These will likely include rules on enhanced cleaning protocols, mask-wearing, social distancing, and potentially, regulations around vaccinations. As an overseer, it is pivotal for you to stay informed and prepared for these inevitable changes. 

Companies like yours must be ahead of these updates as the dust settles with these evolving regulations. Attending pertinent workshops, seminars, and training can be a huge help. Keep that edge by staying updated, following industry news, and maintaining an open dialogue with regulatory authorities.

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How Cargobot Can Help You Meet These New Regulatory Challenges

The rapid shifts in the current regulatory landscape can feel like an uphill battle, but that's where Cargobot steps in. By having a logistics partner who understands these changes and how to tackle them, your company can stay afloat while navigating this sea of regulatory challenges. 

The following table delves into five key areas where Cargobot can help meet and master new regulatory requirements:

Note: Though this table offers a concise overview, it's crucial to remember that regulations can change with little notice. Always consult with regulatory agencies or a competent attorney for full compliance assurance.



How Cargobot can help

Cross-Border Shipping Protocols

New documentation requirements

Upload documentation right into Cargobot's digital platform for simpler access during compliance checks.

ELD mandate

Stringent compliance enforcement

Monitor the progress of all shipments with our real-time tracking and incident notification technology.

Environmental Regulations

Stricter carbon emissions targets

Cargobot helps plan efficient routes to reduce fuel consumption

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Enhanced screening measures

Access a multi-market network of pre-screened, licensed, and rated carriers.

Health and Safety Regulations due to COVID-19

New safety protocols and guidelines

Utilize our multi-channel, direct messaging tools to communicate with carriers while in transit easily.

Automated Vehicles Regulation

Update in autonomous vehicle laws

Cargobot is built to act as a “plug and play hub’ that allows partners and solutions to integrate with today (and tomorrow's) services.


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Note: Cargobot's Human Support Can Help With Anything Else, Too

You're not in this alone. Cargobot is keenly aware of the complexities involved in the ever-changing regulations of the logistics industry. Their dedicated Human Support Team is at your disposal to offer you the much-needed support during these transitions. 

With an in-depth knowledge of the industry and a firm grasp of the updated regulations, Cargobot's team helps ease the burden of compliance.

We know you need to focus on the growth of your businesses. We help by ensuring your unique freight transportation needs are being optimally managed. Count on us to continually identify ways to reduce the “pain points” shippers face daily.

To succeed this New Year in the logistics industry, having a partner like Cargobot that prioritizes your success can make all the difference.

Reach out today to get your company's personalized quote. Let us assist you in tackling your biggest regulatory challenges head-on. 


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