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

21 Aug 2014
North American truckload and intermodal freight rates trended higher in July, when truck tonnage rose more sharply than expected, buoyed by industrial output, imports and automotive shipping.
21 Aug 2014
International intermodal volume growth in North America in in July slowed from the month before, but the gains were still healthy, and a robust forecast for U.S. maritime imports for this month suggest the shipment of marine containers could kick into a higher gear.
BNSF Alliance intermodal center
19 Aug 2014
Distribution centers and manufacturing plants are increasingly springing up around U.S. intermodal terminals, as shippers aim to reduce drayage costs and overall tightening truck capacity fuels intermodal volume growth.
Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 16, 2014
16 Aug 2014
Diversions related to the ongoing negotiations on the U.S. West Coast between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue to have an impact elsewhere.
The Cass Freight Index remains up year-over-year.
15 Aug 2014
Although freight volumes and expenditures in the U.S. are beginning to see seasonal drops, numbers still remain higher than last year’s tallies.
Weekly wrap-up for August 9, 2014
08 Aug 2014
Troubles in the Pacific Northwest dominated the news this week.
Wheat
08 Aug 2014
Many U.S. Midwest grain exporters have little reason to be optimistic that they’ll get their products to market on-time or for a price that will make shipping to Asia economically feasible.
Fewer containers were available on average in Minneapolis in the first half of 2014 than in the same period of 2013
07 Aug 2014
Inland 40-foot container capacity was at a premium in the United States in the first half of 2014, although space is becoming more available as the second half advances.
07 Aug 2014
TSI Terminal Systems, the largest operator of container terminals at Port Metro Vancouver, says it will continue to accept U.S.-bound rail cargo at the Canadian port despite another terminal operator’s announcement that it will turn down U.S.-inbound rail shipments.
07 Aug 2014
Cold Train, a provider of refrigerated intermodal transport from Washington state throughout the rest of the country, has ended service, citing poor BNSF Railway performance.