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

10 Jul 2014
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is struggling with marine terminal congestion and long trucker turn-times caused
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.
03 Jun 2014
Intermodal rail shippers could see an uptick in rates not just because truckload pricing will rise, but also because the U.S. and Canadian railroads want to throttle back volume growth to keep favorable margins, a noted rail analyst said.

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Commentary

There’s been no shortage of turbulence on the West Coast lately, and more is in store with the midnight June 30 expiration of the ILWU contract. In addition, there has been mounting pressure on Pacific Northwest ports, seemingly caught in a vise between the western Canadian ports to the north and California to the south.

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