Rail & Intermodal

There are seven Class I railroads in the U.S. that haul the largest share of domestic and international goods: BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad in the West, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern in the East, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Railway. Along with regional short line carriers, these railroads haul a variety of bulk and retail goods, from coal and grain to consumer goods.

News & Analysis

Weekly wrap-up for July 12, 2014
12 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association surprised watchers by announcing a 72-hour hiatus in their negotiations so that the union could deal with unrelated talks in the Pacific Northwest, and by extending the expired coastwide contract during the suspension of negotiations.
10 Jul 2014
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is struggling with marine terminal congestion and long trucker turn-times caused by a number of factors including chassis shortages, delays on the intermodal rail network, poor communication between terminals and truckers and a surge in cargo volume that caught the entire supply chain by surprise.
Port of Prince Rupert
09 Jul 2014
Canadian National Railway will issue equipment allocations to ocean carrier customers shipping through Port Metro Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert as it struggles to cope with what it called an unexpected surge in U.S.-bound cargo linked to the July 1 expiration of the U.S. West Coast longshore contract.
09 Jul 2014
Less than five miles from the U.S. Capitol, southwest Washington, D.C., residents are waging a fierce fight against CSX Transportation’s plans to rebuild and expand a tunnel to allow the double stacking of containers.
08 Jul 2014
Rail is a long-distance transport alternative to road, ocean and air freight for temperature-controlled goods, according to the results of a two-year project that included a trial shipment from the Port of Antwerp to Kazakhstan.
Chassis
07 Jul 2014
For five years now, cargo interests and truckers have been adjusting to a new environment in which shipping lines no longer provide chassis, yet the transition period still has a few years to go before the trade adopts a new model or models, according to an industry expert.
04 Jul 2014
Hurricane Arthur appears to have had little impact on the U.S.
03 Jul 2014
U.S. surface transportation providers, ranging from railroads to trucking companies, are preparing for the approaching Hurricane Arthur.
01 Jul 2014
Rising traffic through Transnet-operated South African ports increased revenue by over 14 percent this year.
30 Jun 2014
The Volvo Group has reached a agreement with Scandinavian Logistics Partners AB to sell extra capacity in rail transport from Belgium to Sweden, effective July 1.
U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade by truck
27 Jun 2014
While trucking companies have been complaining about a major imbalance between the U.S. and Mexico for months, data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics suggest just how big the imbalance might be.

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Commentary

Last winter’s supply chain disruptions were simply glimpses into what could become the new normal.

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