Cool Cargoes

Cool Cargoes

Read in-depth news and data on refrigerated cargoes and agriculture exports and imports.

Commentary

When BNSF Railway ceased intermodal service at its Fresno, California, ramp in December, the change neatly encapsulated many of the North American intermodal industry’s challenges.

News & Analysis

Cold Train
08 Apr 2015
Former executives at a defunct refrigerated rail service have filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against BNSF Railway, alleging the railroad’s failing service reliability and shirking of professional commitments drove the company out of business.
25 Mar 2015
State-owned logistics provider Container Corporation of India has opened a $1.6 million temperature-controlled facility in Adarsh Nagar, near Delhi, the latest investment in line with parent Railways’ fiscal year 2015-16 budget plan announcement last month.
04 Mar 2015
The build-out of cold storage capacity is on fire around the world. From 2012 through 2014, total global capacity grew 20 percent to 552 million cubic meters, an increase of 92 million cubic meters in just two years, according to the 2014 IARW Global Cold Storage Capacity Report.
04 Mar 2015
Drug giants AstraZeneca and Baxter are shifting more cold chain shipments from air to ocean, attracted by lower transportation costs, a reduced carbon footprint and mitigated security concerns, according to Outsourcing-Pharma.com.
03 Mar 2015
Intermodal rail carrier Tiger Cool Express recently added 35 temperature-controlled intermodal containers to its fleet.
03 Mar 2015
With the air cargo industry under increasing competition from ocean carriers for certain cargoes, especially perishables, more sophisticated software and technology tools are helping drive the migration from ocean to air.
U.S. farm trade
02 Mar 2015
U.S. exports of agricultural goods have outpaced imports since 1960, generating a surplus in the nation’s farm trade and helping to “counter the persistent deficit in nonagricultural U.S. merchandise trade,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Much of the trade in this sector relies on an integrated global cold chain.
Maersk reefer container overseas
01 Mar 2015
Growth in the global reefer market this year will likely outpace the lukewarm performance of the past few years, according to industry analysts.