Rail & Intermodal

Shippers moving containerized cargo between China and Central Europe and Central Asia can soon tap a new transport corridor connecting China, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan via rail and a new seaport in the Azeri capital of Baku.

With carload volume, particularly coal shipments, declining and railroads’ enviable profit growth slowing, the acknowledgement shared during second-quarter earnings calls that intermodal has lost share to truck reflects not only the dynamism of surface transportation but a rare case in which railroads must step up their game or lose valuable business.

Kansas City Southern Railway’s new Wylie Intermodal Terminal will not only help handle anticipated growth in intermodal conversion in the Dallas area, but strengthen the railroad’s networks serving Mexico and the U.S. Southeast.

Russia plans to significantly increase the volume of its container trade with Japan by building a new rail bridge that will connect Sakhalin, Russia's largest island in the north Pacific Ocean, with Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island.

State-owned Container Corporation of India is expanding its intermodal services connecting the country’s southeastern container ports, beginning its second rail service to a southeastern port in as many months.

BNSF Railway is cracking down on dwell times in its intermodal terminals in an effort to improve circulation and prepare for recent and anticipated growth in intermodal traffic.

Airlines flying cargo between China and Europe will be hit hardest by Beijing’s One Belt, One Road trade strategy as the land bridge rail route proves too attractively priced to ignore, believes Steve Flowers, head of global freight forwarding at UPS.

The operators of the first containerized rail train from China to the Port of Rotterdam will be followed by others in August and September, another sign of growing Asia-Europe rail momentum.

U.S. freight volume will jump 29 percent in the next 11 years, with growing energy production resulting in pipelines taking a larger slice of total tonnage, and trucking and railroads’ seeing their share shrink, according to report released Monday.