The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a special agency within the United Nations that has as its assigned responsibility "the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships”. IMO 2020 refers to a regulation that goes into effect January 1, 2020 to reduce marine fuel maximum sulfur content by shipowners, marine fuel suppliers, refiners, and associated industry sectors. It represents an ongoing effort of the (IMO) to protect the environment and reduce air pollution. Last spring at the Journal of Commerce’s (JOC) Transpacific Maritime Conference (TPM), JOC’s Sr. Content Editor Allessandra Barrett sat down with Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson who explained IMO 2020 and talked about the possible geopolitical implications and economic/pricing factors that will likely effect cargo markets.