Vancouver rail service struggling ahead of new import surge

The Port of Vancouver is trying to restore cargo fluidity that has been disrupted from punishing rain and snowstorms that have hit British Columbia’s rail and road infrastructure over the past two months.

Truckload carriers see no break in freight demand

With consumers still spending, Knight-Swift and Landstar see more growth, and higher rates, ahead.

Container lines beefing up US East Coast capacity: eeSea

US East Coast ports will see an uptick in capacity to start 2022 thanks to additional all-water Asia services being added by ocean carriers.

Robust rail rates dilute case for China-Europe subsidies: forwarders

The timeline for the withdrawal of China-Europe rail network subsidies remains unclear, but with rates at such high levels, forwarders are wondering whether it even matters.

Carrier rate push continues to pound India-US cargo amid sustained demand

Container lines have begun to lay out a new wave of hefty peak season surcharges on India-US trades as export demand remains elevated.

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Price is taking a back seat to reliability and predictability in this year’s service contract negotiations as shippers push carriers for larger space commitments while carriers are favoring customers with a proven ability to deliver committed volumes on a consistent basis.
Having US ports return to a pre-COVID “status quo” depends on a slowing of cargo volumes and a return of labor to the logistics workforce in significant enough numbers to improve cargo flow.
Despite an expected return to single-digit monthly increases in imports from Asia this year, already-stressed US ports are still likely to struggle to handle cargo volumes.
CSX Transportation CEO James Foote told federal regulators he will look to increase headcount at the Class I railroad as it seeks to take more business from trucking
Container shipping’s global group has objected to proposed amendments in Europe’s emissions trading system that it believes undermine the polluter-pays principle.