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

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

24 Feb 2015
Shippers can expect domestic intermodal rates to spike within the next month as U.S. West Coast ports regain productivity and shippers rush to move containers long-delayed by labor contract negotiations, an intermodal pricing index provider said Tuesday.
24 Feb 2015
Truckload rates rose 7.9 percent from a year ago in January, gaining on December, while intermodal pricing dropped for the first time since 2013, Cass Information Systems said.
20 Feb 2015
U.S. intermodal volumes are declining, while Canadian shipments increase, a sign that more shippers are diverting cargo from the U.S. West Coast north to ports in British Columbia.
19 Feb 2015
Multimodal logistics operator XPO sees opportunities as well as challenges in the West Coast container pileup, as shippers struggle to move freight inland.
18 Feb 2015
Canadian National Railway intermodal shippers face the prospect of a decrease in service if 4,800 union members walk off the job over a dispute on whether the railroad should pay into its community fund.
Union Pacific in the snow
17 Feb 2015
Neither U.S. West Coast port congestion nor the East Coast winter weather could stop intermodal volume growth in 2014 and they won’t be able to this year either, the Intermodal Association of North America says.
05 Feb 2015
The Hub Group said U.S. intermodal rail service deteriorated further in the fourth quarter from the prior quarter, but it’s now seeing improvement and service could start approaching levels last seen in mid-2013, before last year’s harsh winter, as soon as this summer.
04 Feb 2015
Capacity constraints, particularly in its core U.S. truckload market, are pushing rates, revenue and profit higher for the largest U.S. logistics company.
04 Feb 2015
Saia's $25 million purchase of LinkEx, an intermodal logistics firm with international and domestic U.S. business, reflects growing interest in global freight among U.S. LTL carriers.
04 Feb 2015
TRAC Intermodal and Direct ChassisLink Inc. have formed a “gray” chassis pool to allow full interchange of most marine chassis in the Pacific Northwest ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Portland.