Canada

Canada

26 Aug 2014
Canadian National Railway announced that it will discontinue intermodal service to a rail hub at Auburn, Maine, effective Nov. 15, because of insufficient freight volume.
NS intermodal train
04 Aug 2014
North American intermodal volume growth this year appears to be on track to exceed the 4.6 percent gain seen in 2013 after traffic rocketed 8.2 percent year-over-year in the second quarter.
Weekly wrap-up for August 2, 2014
02 Aug 2014
Port Metro Vancouver’s penalty system for terminals is cutting truck turn times and drawing attention from other North American ports struggling with drayage challenges. And congestion seen earlier this year at Rotterdam has continued, prompting diversions and surcharges, and the congestion is spreading to other ports in the North Europe range.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for August 1
01 Aug 2014
Several container lines announced this week general rate increases for the month of September.
Port Metro Vancouver
29 Jul 2014
Last winter, congestion at Port Metro Vancouver was so bad that it triggered a month-long strike by hundreds of truck drivers. Four months later, turn times are averaging less than an hour.
28 Jul 2014
Fresh from acquiring U.S. truckload carrier Transport America, Canadian trucking giant TransForce is offering nearly C$500 million for Contrans, a publicly owned Woodstock, Ontario-based holding company specializing in bulk, flatbed, and tank trucking.
Images for weekly wrap-up
26 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association met for three days this past week without concluding negotiations; at the weekend, the parties announced a week-long recess in the talks. German carrier Hamburg Süd announced plans to acquire the container operations of Chile’s CCNI, in a move resembling the deal between larger competitor Hapag-Lloyd and Chile’s CSAV, and Crowley is reported to be in talks to acquire Horizon Lines’ Puerto Rico assets. Earnings reports by U.S. truckload carriers are pointing to a stronger freight recovery in the United States, though rail service continues to be held back. And on Friday, Anne S. Ferro announced her departure from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after five years leading the agency.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for July 25
25 Jul 2014
Several container lines have planned general rate increases in multiple trade lanes in August, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
Intermodal traffic on North American railroads is up 6.0 percent so far this year.
25 Jul 2014
Total rail traffic on North American railroads broke the 11-million-carload mark this week, posting year-to-date gains of 3 percent compared with 2013.
22 Jul 2014
The union representing about 400 harbor truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver has given Canadian officials until July 30 to enforce government-mandated pay rates for drivers, or face another possible trucker strike at Canada’s largest port.
CN train
22 Jul 2014
Despite solid revenue growth in the second quarter, Canadian National Railway says it’s facing a capacity problem, particularly at Canadian seaports, that’s forcing Canada’s largest railroad to temporarily turn away business.