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.



With intermodal loadings in record territory and the railroads pushed to the limit to move the volume, it might seem a bit strange to be sounding an alarm about a slowdown. But the intermodal industry is entering a period of vulnerability after a prolonged period of growth. While trouble isn’t inevitable, intermodal’s near-term destiny has passed to forces outside of intermodal’s control.

News & Analysis

20 Nov 2014
U.S. intermodal volume growth appears to be slowing, reflecting the winding down of the peak season and potential delays caused by U.S. West Coast port congestion.
Upward trend
19 Nov 2014
Shippers who came to the National Industrial Transportation League’s annual conference in Florida hoping to hear U.S. freight rates would moderate after rising significantly in 2014 are heading home disappointed.
14 Nov 2014
The Port Authority of New York-New Jersey will spend the next four months finding out from shippers, carriers and other port users how to reduce truck transport across the Hudson River and New York Harbor.
Where in the world are the Top 50 global transportation providers?
11 Nov 2014
Combined growth among the 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide slowed to a halt in 2013 amid global economic uncertainty. The combined revenue of the 50 companies slipped 0.1 percent after increasing 2.6 percent in 2012 and 8.4 percent in 2011.
07 Nov 2014
Striking German locomotive drivers will return to work tomorrow evening, 36 hours earlier than planned, to avoid disrupting celebrations on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
06 Nov 2014
U.S. shippers appear to be diverting a second wave of intermodal cargo through Canadian ports, as congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach mounts.
05 Nov 2014
The third quarter was 'transformational' for XPO Logistics, CEO Bradley S. Jacobs says. The question now is, will freight activity get even hotter in the fourth quarter?
04 Nov 2014
U.S. domestic intermodal spot rate growth is beginning to slow, new data from third-party logistics provider IDS shows.
Bill Mongelluzzo
04 Nov 2014
Veteran JOC West Coast Editor Bill Mongelluzzo describes the current congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the many factors causing it in this video from the JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
30 Oct 2014
Shippers’ hunger to move more loads from the highway to the rails is growing as they see more signs of tightening truck capacity, and resulting higher rates, C.H. Robinson said yesterday.