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.



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

21 May 2015
Temporary duties placed on Chinese 53-foot domestic dry containers will be refunded after a U.S. trade commission ruled earlier this week that Chinese manufacturers did not have an unfair advantage over their North American competitors.
21 May 2015
Contract truckload rates are defying economic gravity, rising in April when truck tonnage and spot market rates slipped. The cause: capacity. Shippers apparently are willing to pay more to secure it for the long-term.
19 May 2015
A U.S. trade commission has ruled against making temporary duties permanent on Chinese manufactured 53-foot containers, dealing a blow to the North American manufacturers that accused their Far East competitors of dumping their products in the U.S. market.
13 May 2015
U.S. shippers will likely see even higher domestic intermodal rail prices if the International Trade Commission rules against the Chinese manufacturers of 53-foot containers at the end of the month.
12 May 2015
U.S. shipment volumes and spending rose in April from March, but were down year-over-year, thanks to tough comparisons with a booming economy in 2014, Cass Information Systems said. The freight payment provider expects more growth ahead.
Alameda Corridor
08 May 2015
The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority had a good year in 2014 in terms of the number of containers it handled and the revenue it generated, but if ACTA is going to stay on track for debt servicing, container volume moving through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach must get back to 5 percent annual growth.
Tiger Cool Express reefers on railcars
06 May 2015
Rail logistics provider Tiger Cool Express is making strides with equipment purchases and a growing customer base. Its success is all the more impressive given that service from Class I freight railroads experienced a difficult 2014 and continues to struggle. Cool Cargoes spoke with CEO Tom Finkbiner to get his take on where the intermodal rail industry is failing and how and where it can make improvements to better support time- and temperature-sensitive shipments such as fresh produce.
06 May 2015
West Coast port congestion hit international shipment volume hard and affected domestic volume during the opening months of 2015, the Intermodal Association of North America said in its latest quarterly analysis.
Todd Biscan, CSX, at TPM 2015.
28 Apr 2015
2014 brought weather and capacity challenges to intermodal service. Todd Biscan, Director of International Sales, Intermodal, details CSX Transportation’s efforts to increase capacity to combat that, including an increase of capital spending increase to $2.5 billion for 2015, as well as the “CSX Transportation Network Advantage.”
FEC's James Hertwig at TPM 2015.
27 Apr 2015
Florida East Coast Railway’s President and CEO proposes solutions to facing shippers for 2015, namely port congestion and truck driver shortages.