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

UP intermodal double-stack train
18 Sep 2014
International intermodal volume growth in North America dropped markedly in August, providing another sign that the lack of a U.S. West Coast longshore contract hangs less on retailers’ necks because the majority of their holiday goods have arrived in the U.S.
silos with harvested soybeans
18 Sep 2014
Delays this year in moving agricultural products by rail and barge from the Upper Midwest to ports in the Pacific Northwest and Gulf Coast could undermine the position of the U.S. as the world’s premier supplier of soybeans, a transportation specialist told the annual meeting of the Midwest Shippers Association Wednesday.
16 Sep 2014
Container ship owner-charterer Seaspan Corp. is considering an acquisition of Greater China Intermodal Investments, the Carlyle Group investment vehicle with which Seaspan partnered in 2011 to purchase new ships.
16 Sep 2014
Rail service problems are starting to hurt truckers with intermodal operations, especially those such that move refrigerated goods, a transportation analyst says.
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.