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

Union Pacific intermodal train
27 Jul 2014
Union Pacific management hopes that the company’s grab of rail business from its main competitor, BNSF, will translate into more long-term business for UP in the future.
Images for weekly wrap-up
26 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association met for three days this past week without concluding negotiations; at the weekend, the parties announced a week-long recess in the talks. German carrier Hamburg Süd announced plans to acquire the container operations of Chile’s CCNI, in a move resembling the deal between larger competitor Hapag-Lloyd and Chile’s CSAV, and Crowley is reported to be in talks to acquire Horizon Lines’ Puerto Rico assets. Earnings reports by U.S. truckload carriers are pointing to a stronger freight recovery in the United States, though rail service continues to be held back. And on Friday, Anne S. Ferro announced her departure from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after five years leading the agency.
Intermodal traffic on North American railroads is up 6.0 percent so far this year.
25 Jul 2014
Total rail traffic on North American railroads broke the 11-million-carload mark this week, posting year-to-date gains of 3 percent compared with 2013.
24 Jul 2014
Rail and truck shippers in North America continue to face constricted capacity and rising costs and the situation will most likely continue through the remainder of the year.
24 Jul 2014
Rail service continues to sputter, showing little improvement from levels seen during the depths of winter. Why?
22 Jul 2014
Crowley Maritime Transportation is hailing the Florida East Coast Railway decision to open its newest Intermodal Container Transport Facility at Port Everglades...
Weekly wrap-up for July 19
19 Jul 2014
While it is obvious that beneficial cargo owners shipped early this year through the West Coast in anticipation of the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, reports of cargo surges at Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports in May and June indicate retailers were also diverting shipments away from West Coast ports.
18 Jul 2014
After seeing “substandard” intermodal rail service cut its container utilization in the second quarter, the Hub Group expects gradual service improvement from its main partners...
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
15 Jul 2014
Following slower intermodal train speeds and rail service disruptions that hampered volume growth in the second quarter, J.B. Hunt Transport Services has lowered its expectations...
International intermodal volume jumped 9.6 percent year-over-year in the second quarter.
14 Jul 2014
The pace of North American intermodal volume growth in the second quarter more than tripled from the prior quarter...