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

The acquisition of Pacer International earlier this year tapped several trends driving growth at XPO
13 Sep 2014
Fast-growing third-party logistics companies are tuning into and tapping broad trends driving logistics growth in the U.S. and globally, including increased cross-border trade and the expansion of intermodal rail. Here are seven trends picked by XPO Logistics CEO Bradley S. Jacobs.
Wrap-up
13 Sep 2014
A new carrier alliance entered the fray this week after weeks of feverish speculation.
11 Sep 2014
The volume of intermodal units moving on North American railroads last week rose year-over-year, according to the Association of American Railroads, a sign that the peak season is now kicking in for intermodal shippers as the ocean peak recedes.
11 Sep 2014
Hub Group said it expects its costs to rise at least temporarily with the company’s conversion of its 350 California drayage drivers to company employees in order to settle litigation alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors.
10 Sep 2014
A $20 million federal grant will help the Port of Seattle extend upgrade equipment to handle two post-Panamax vessels at once.
10 Sep 2014
A jump in intermodal spot rates could mean peak season is kicking in for intermodal shippers.
09 Sep 2014
The U.S. intermodal sector has experienced significant growing pains, ranging from more concentrated discharge of import cargo at marine terminals to a deterioration in rail service. The inability of motor carriers to attract enough drivers to handle growth in demand also puts pressure on the so-called first and last miles of the intermodal legs.
08 Sep 2014
International intermodal traffic growth on the U.S. rail network is showing signs of tapering off, suggesting the peak season for U.S. imports might already have passed. Still, intermodal experts aren’t ready to pronounce an end to the inventory buildup ahead of the holiday season.
03 Sep 2014
U.S. marine container chassis lessor Direct ChassisLink Inc. plans to expand into ownership, management and leasing of 53-foot domestic equipment, and says newly acquired equipment and technology provider REZ-1 will play a key role.
The 36-lane index of U.S. spot intermodal rates was up for a second week this week.
03 Sep 2014
Intermodal spot rates are higher than they were a year ago, and busy-season pricing is beginning to take the spot rates even higher.