Rail & Intermodal

Rail & Intermodal

The latest news, analysis, and developments affecting rail transport globally. Rail transport in the United States is dominated by privately held Class I railroads such as BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad. Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways also operate in the United States.  

News & Analysis

25 Nov 2020
CMA CGM on Dec. 4 will launch Seapriority Express from Yantian to Los Angeles with guaranteed equipment availability and priority loading in China, and chassis availability in Southern California.
19 Aug 2020
Earnings season is drawing to a close, with carriers shrugging off the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on demand in the second quarter and significantly boosting their earnings due to capacity management.
19 Aug 2020
Half of the 18,310 MW of wind projects in advanced development in the US will be built in federal waters off the East Coast, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
19 Aug 2020
Seeing the long-term decline in carload volumes tied to North American industrial activity, CN is trying to tie itself closer to supply chains feeding the retail and service industries.
19 Aug 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Canadian National Railway President and CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest, and a panel discussion on managing supply chains amid surging e-commerce demand.
19 Aug 2020
Maersk is the latest carrier to produce a healthy interim result, which has encouraged the market leader to not only reinstate its suspended full-year earnings guidance, but to increase it.
18 Aug 2020
A federal regulatory change will safely expedite the training process and address the pressing national need for more chassis mechanics, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.
18 Aug 2020
Fewer sailings in the first half of the year as carriers canceled capacity have cut the volume of Europe’s imports, but the bigger ships deployed on the trades from Asia continue to record huge call sizes.
18 Aug 2020
US brewer Anheuser-Busch is upgrading its clean-truck fleet, but the shipper’s 2025 sustainability goals will require collaboration across the supply chain.
18 Aug 2020
Even as the number of container ship calls tumbled due to large-scale carrier sailing cancelations, the COVID-19 disruption became a thorn in the side of key Indian terminals striving to build on efficiency momentum.
18 Aug 2020
Asian gateways continued to increase their dominant share of the global port market in 2019, handling nearly 80 percent of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
17 Aug 2020
Although factors such as congestion at marine terminals and shortages of workers at warehouses have generated longer chassis dwell times in Southern California, truckers say the unusually large number of out-of-service chassis is contributing to equipment shortages.
17 Aug 2020
Li & Fung moves to transform its business model as the loss of large retailers, rise in e-commerce, trade wars, and COVID-19 change the sourcing game.
17 Aug 2020
NFI intermodal and its truck brokerage businesses will expand following logistics unit purchases from CAI International.
17 Aug 2020
While cargo flow through New York–New Jersey is mostly fluid, tightening chassis supply and warehouse capacity are a growing concern for both carriers and shippers as volumes increase.
17 Aug 2020
The new service will significantly shorten the transit time for Bangladeshi cargoes to reach their final destination in the US by — at least 10 days, according to officials.
14 Aug 2020
An unexpected 40 percent increase in import volumes since May overwhelmed the Southern California supply chain and infrastructure, creating logistical headaches for truckers and equipment providers.
14 Aug 2020
The largest US and Canadian truckload and LTL carriers have grown substantially over the last decade, despite short-term economic woes, according to data from SJ Consulting Group.
14 Aug 2020
Container line, rail and forwarder executives tell JOC.com they aren’t holding their breath for an immediate response from the Trudeau government for calls to end the ongoing strike at the Port of Montreal.
14 Aug 2020
Taiwanese carrier Yang Ming was unable to turn around its string of financial losses in the first half, but the shipping company continues to inch its way closer to a positive result.
14 Aug 2020
Technology has the potential to solve long-running financing tensions between suppliers and importers, and logistics networks and service providers are likely to be the focal point for these solutions.
14 Aug 2020
A steep drop in Hapag-Lloyd’s volume during the second quarter was matched by capacity cuts and lower operating costs that delivered a solid first half result for the carrier.
13 Aug 2020
With a new integrated distribution center in Massachusetts and another under construction in Pennsylvania, northeastern regional LTL carrier A. Duie Pyle is resuming expansion plans interrupted by COVID-19.
13 Aug 2020
The new $1,500 rate hike by UP is on top of a $500 increase announced earlier this month on California lanes, effectively raising intermodal spot rates above trucking pricing.
13 Aug 2020
Billions of dollars in order and service backlogs and an unfolding global energy transition toward renewables could mean blue skies ahead for wind energy, despite the painful fallout from COVID-19.
13 Aug 2020
Truck rates out of Texas are soaring because of rising demand in the US for goods made in Mexico, especially home appliances and electronics, but demand is sagging in the other direction because of the devaluation of the peso.
13 Aug 2020
Shippers and forwarders fear cargo-related charges in Hong Kong could surge given that terminal members of the Seaport Alliance handle about 90 percent of box cargo at Kwai Chung container port.
13 Aug 2020
The worker scarcity, created by elevated unemployment benefits reducing the incentive to work, coupled with workers’ fears of contracting COVID-19, is most sharply felt by facilities that deconsolidate the ocean containers.
13 Aug 2020
Rising outbreaks of the coronavirus are keeping travel restrictions in place, preventing airlines from reactivating their grounded international capacity and severely restricting available freight space.
12 Aug 2020
Unusual spikes in demand for products like fertilizer and birdseed have farm and garden supply retailer Southern States Cooperative looking for additional capacity and rethinking traditional inventory models.
12 Aug 2020
Despite optimism that BNSF Railway’s congestion may ease, intermodal marketing companies expect demand to be high and equipment dislocations to persist through October in California.
12 Aug 2020
Major foreign terminal operators have expressed interest in coming to Bangladesh, as the country looks to spark competition and better services in cargo handling.
12 Aug 2020
While the oil and gas sector has pulled back dramatically from early 2020 capital spending plans, the low bunker fuel prices that have also come with global oil demand destruction have helped to control costs.
12 Aug 2020
Carriers that have released interim results have reported a stronger first half, underscoring the effectiveness of aggressive capacity management on the main trades.
12 Aug 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Southern States Cooperative’s Holly Pearce and a panel discussion on how shippers can navigate the current market while preparing for the intermodal peak season throughout the US.
11 Aug 2020
With volume returning, less-than-truckload operators are putting more pressure on shippers to raise rates.