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.
16 Jun 2014
Starting tomorrow, truck drivers serving a major intermodal complex in the Chicago area will be able to again use a shortcut after a judge temporarily repealed a local ban on truck traffic on the route.
16 Jun 2014
Additional intermodal capacity that was added between the port of Rotterdam and Bavaria has been well received and is helping address a capacity shortage.
Empty tracks at a station in France
16 Jun 2014
Rail freight traffic is being seriously disrupted across France and to and from the nation’s seaports as a strike by rail workers entered its sixth day with no sign of a settlement in sight.
13 Jun 2014
U.S. intermodal service appears to have slipped again last week, suggesting that the major railroads’ rebound after a brutal winter wracked their networks and shippers’ supply chains will be one of fits and starts.
12 Jun 2014
Ship agents in India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) have called on state-owned rail operator Container Corp. of India to urgently provide more intermodal trains to tackle rising inventory levels at the country’s largest container gateway.
12 Jun 2014
Cargo growth at a major intermodal complex outside of Chicago has triggered a fight between the developer and users of the inland port and a village fearful of accidents caused by the increased congestion.
Hub Group containers
12 Jun 2014
Hub Group is adding equipment, technology and drayage drivers in an effort to improve intermodal fluidity.
11 Jun 2014
APM Terminals said container rail capacity at its Gothenburg facility will increase by 50 percent when a new rail track and two specialized rail cranes start operations in the fall.
Spot intermodal rates in the Top 36 lanes
04 Jun 2014
Intermodal rates in the U.S. rose this week, following several weeks of spot rate decreases across the nation.

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Commentary

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