Rail & Intermodal

The executive director of the Port of Los Angeles said efforts to fix the congestion problem in Southern California will fall short until the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association negotiate a new contract.

Northern Southern Railway has increased the frequency of its intermodal service to the inland port of Greer, South Carolina, partially reflecting growth at the adjacent BMW plant.

Year-to-date, North American intermodal volume increased 5.7 percent from 2013 to 13,413,408 containers and trailers.
Mexican intermodal volume jumped this week, reaching a high not seen in the last two years, according to the Association of American Railroads, as Mexican shippers increasingly turn to rail to protect their cargo.

Kansas City Southern Railway rode a rebound of container traffic at Lazaro Cardenas port in the third quarter, helping the company hit record revenue in the period.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board is pressuring Canadian Pacific Railway to better explain how it will address service issues.

Truck capacity is tightening along the U.S.-Mexican border, forcing cross-border shippers to become more innovative, says Sonney Jones, a former shipper and now director of sales in Mexico for Transplace.

CSX Transportation
CSX Transportation expects growth in domestic intermodal for many years ahead, driven in particular by highway-to-rail conversions.

Reefer containers will form a huge part of the cargo carried on the New Silk Way rail network between China and Europe as shippers are forced to counter the extreme temperatures found on the route.

The completion of an on-dock rail facility at the Port of Miami will result in a large and rapid increase in the percent of the port’s overall volume that moves by rail, according to the head of a Florida railroad.

Container chassis
Tracking chassis as they move around and through ports and railheads is the next step in building a more sophisticated, interconnected supply chain, telematics company Orbcomm says.