Rail & Intermodal

CN train
Canadian National Railway said today that congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex could cause U.S. shippers to divert cargo to western Canadian ports in three weeks, giving the railroad more intermodal business.

Canadian Pacific Railway CEO E. Hunter Harrison yesterday struck back at critics of potential rail industry consolidation, saying U.S. regulators could approve a merger and service would improve as a result.

Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific Railway’s domestic intermodal push keeps gaining steam, with volume jumping 19 percent year-over-year in the third quarter and demand sometimes even exceeding the railroad’s capacity.

A container terminal in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in eastern Canada is unlikely to be built because of poor rail connections and a slow recovery in container shipping, a prominent Canada shipping authority said this week.

The book is closed on a three-year cross-border trucking pilot project, but the debate over cross-border trucking with Mexico is far from finished.

Canadian Pacific said its exploratory discussions with CSX Corp. about a possible merger have ended and that no further talks are planned.

Kansas City Southern Railway said it’s investing in its network at a higher rate than most other Class I railroads, as the company expects to increasingly handle more U.S.-Mexico cross-border intermodal, vehicle, crude oil and agriculture and mineral shipments.

The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement said most of its member lines are moving forward individually with previously surcharges on intermodal store-door deliveries from Asia to North American points in an effort to offset higher costs.

Port of Los Angeles
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.