Intermodal Shipping

Intermodal Shipping

Intermodal freight transport news and coverage, including all container traffic, rail cargo and more.

Intermodal transportation by rail is on the agenda at the JOC’s 2014 Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 22-24. Learn more about the conference.

 

Commentary

For months, we’ve been asking how North American infrastructure at ports, rail heads and on the roads would hold up when imports grew at sustained levels beyond the low-single-digit levels seen through the first quarter of this year. Well, the returns are starting to come in, and the news is anything but good for beneficial cargo owners.

News & Analysis

A busy warehousing operation in Mexico
26 Sep 2014
Ryder System is expanding its inland distribution network in Mexico, starting with a transloading center for Chrysler at the Gulf Coast Port of Altamira.
26 Sep 2014
This week’s intermodal volume was a record high for U.S. railroads, breaking the previous record set the week before, according to the Association of American Railroads, again signaling that the peak season is revving up for intermodal shippers as the ocean peak subsides.
Import volume at major Mexican ports.
25 Sep 2014
MEXICO CITY — Intermodal rail in Mexico is taking off. The shift of loads from road to rail is driven by several factors including the need to reduce theft as well as growth from the country’s container ports fueled by growing demand from the booming manufacturing sector and burgeoning middle class.
23 Sep 2014
U.S domestic intermodal pricing jumped 5.6 percent week-to-week, or by $115, to $2,169 per unit in the week ending Sept. 22, according to a weighted average for all-in, 53-foot containers door-to-door provided by third-party logistics provider IDS.
23 Sep 2014
The unseasonably cold front that moved through Chicago last weekend provided railroads and shippers a chilly reminder that the rail gridlock seen in winter 2013-2014 could occur again.
22 Sep 2014
The average amount intermodal providers charged customers for shipping a U.S. intermodal unit declined last month on a year-over-year basis, the first time since January 2013.
Norfolk Southern
19 Sep 2014
Norfolk Southern Railway doesn’t expect rail service to start getting back to normal levels until the end of March 2015, with most customers not seeing any improvement until November 2014.
UP intermodal double-stack train
18 Sep 2014
International intermodal volume growth in North America dropped markedly in August, providing another sign that the lack of a U.S. West Coast longshore contract hangs less on retailers’ necks because the majority of their holiday goods have arrived in the U.S.
silos with harvested soybeans
18 Sep 2014
Delays this year in moving agricultural products by rail and barge from the Upper Midwest to ports in the Pacific Northwest and Gulf Coast could undermine the position of the U.S. as the world’s premier supplier of soybeans, a transportation specialist told the annual meeting of the Midwest Shippers Association Wednesday.
16 Sep 2014
Container ship owner-charterer Seaspan Corp. is considering an acquisition of Greater China Intermodal Investments, the Carlyle Group investment vehicle with which Seaspan partnered in 2011 to purchase new ships.