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

As we turn the corner on autumn and begin to head for winter, one thing has remained constant: Rail service, including intermodal, is struggling, and the epicenter of the problem lies in Chicago.

News & Analysis

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.
30 Oct 2014
U.S. shippers’ increasing difficulties in finding long-haul trucks to move their loads is making intermodal rail, including the transport of refrigerated goods, more a “capacity play” than about saving money.
Cassidy
29 Oct 2014
JOC Senior Trucking Editor William Cassidy describes the current congestion crisis at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and its impact on inland distribution in this video from the JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
29 Oct 2014
A manufacturer of custom office furniture is investing $17 million to establish a Virginia distribution center at the CenterPoint Intermodal Center in Suffolk, a boost for the Port of Virginia and CSX Transportation and another sign of growing momentum for inland ports served by rail.
29 Oct 2014
Fruit shippers in Central Washington hoping for refrigerated rail service to be reinstated at the Port of Quincy, Washington, have a long wait. After Cold Train suspended the reefer service, BNSF stopped any intermodal service to the port.
27 Oct 2014
Swift Transportation's revenue rises, profit soars as freight volumes leave largest U.S. truckload carrier 'overbooked' in the third quarter, even with additional tractor-trailers.
24 Oct 2014
Shippers and their logistics and transportation providers must collaborate, and not simply negotiate, if they hope to resolve a host of supply chain problems, starting with equipment, personnel and capacity shortages.
24 Oct 2014
The Hub Group said poor U.S. rail service, chassis shortages and inadequate gate reservations at Union Pacific Railroad terminals cost it intermodal volume in the third quarter and doesn't expect rail service improvement until the spring of 2015.
23 Oct 2014
U.S. shippers should expect higher intermodal rates in the coming year but not necessarily better service, two analysts said at the JOC Group’s 4th annual Inland Distribution Conference.
Canadian Pacific
22 Oct 2014
Canadian Pacific Railway’s domestic intermodal push keeps gaining steam, with volume jumping 19 percent year-over-year in the third quarter and demand sometimes even exceeding the railroad’s capacity.