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

22 Jan 2021
Despite an acceleration in COVID-19 cases among longshoremen in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, waterfront employers say there are enough general dockworkers to handle near-record container volumes, although a shortage of trained equipment operators is a problem.
01 Oct 2020
The IMO is the second high profile maritime industry victim to fall prey to cyber hackers this week.
01 Oct 2020
Mounting congestion at marine terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach is adding to the woes of importers who have already been contending with shortages of equipment, warehouse workers and truck capacity.
01 Oct 2020
After focusing on understanding the systems of carriers and ensuring that NYSHEX fits into their systems, the focus is shifting toward making its platform more attractive to shippers, specifically retailers.
30 Sep 2020
Forwarding software providers continue to partner in ways that create broader value than single applications are able to, the latest example being Portrix and Freightender connecting rate and tender management solutions.
30 Sep 2020
Shippers moving to mini-bids as truck capacity tightens need more detailed and near-real-time data to match freight lanes and tractor-trailers.
30 Sep 2020
Access to container status information remains affected in the wake of the CMA CGM cyber attack, with a visibility provider saying containers booked by the carrier can only be tracked if the bookings occurred before the disruption.
30 Sep 2020
The rush to ship ahead of China’s Golden Week elevates rates on the Asia-Europe trades to levels not seen for a long time.
30 Sep 2020
Retailers are partnering with gig delivery platforms to compete against Amazon and secure additional last-mile capacity during the holiday season.
30 Sep 2020
Maersk and MSC do not believe demand on the trans-Atlantic through the fourth quarter will be strong enough to support four Europe-North America loops.
30 Sep 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Chris Caplice, executive director at the MIT Center of Transportation & Logistics and chief scientist at DAT Solutions.
29 Sep 2020
If Zim Integrated Shipping Services pursues an initial public offering, it would be the carrier’s fourth attempt since 2008. Weak financial performance and challenging industry conditions scuppered past attempts.
29 Sep 2020
Forwarders, shippers and software providers connected to CMA CGM’s systems continued on Tuesday to sort through the effects of a malware attack on the Marseille-based container line.
29 Sep 2020
TRAC chassis are in short supply in Columbus, Ohio, because the equipment provider said repairs were necessary on chassis returned from the cooperative pool that was disbanded last month.
29 Sep 2020
East and Gulf coast ports offer significant rail-related cost advantages to the interior, leading the Pacific Maritime Association to urge West Coast ports to operate more efficiently in order to prevent further erosion of market share of US imports from Asia.
29 Sep 2020
Analyzing data from a 52-week rolling window to eliminate seasonality, we are now at a point where the spot rate is more likely to increase than to decrease from one week to the next, a change that means an entirely different dynamic for shippers.
29 Sep 2020
Reliability will be more important than price for air cargo shippers during what is expected to be a strong peak season made more intense by severe long-haul capacity constraints.
29 Sep 2020
A freight payment vendor catering to international logistics providers has snared $35 million in funding to enable freight bills to be paid online and improve payment accuracy.
28 Sep 2020
The ports of Baltimore, Maryland, and Brunswick, Georgia, have reported a sharp uptick in roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) cargo since June as consumer demand returns and dealers restock vehicle inventories.
28 Sep 2020
Houston’s need for additional space comes as it hopes to begin funding a multi-year channel widening project by next year amid a building boom for container ship capacity along the US Gulf Coast.
28 Sep 2020
Rising local trucking employment in the US and higher pricing highlights a shifting balance in transportation networks accelerated by double-digit growth in e-commerce sales.
28 Sep 2020
Network outages have become a highly sensitive topic for the container shipping supply chain since the crippling notPetya cyber attack on Maersk in June 2017.
28 Sep 2020
The scale of peak season demand for air cargo on the trades out of Asia is becoming clearer, and has forwarders scrambling to lock in capacity.
25 Sep 2020
Having exhausted the space allotments in their annual contracts, retailers and other importers are signing short-term contracts to secure capacity at Asian load ports. This is pushing short-term contract rates higher.
25 Sep 2020
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down automobile manufacturing and consumer demand, vehicle volumes in and out of European ports were well below prior year levels.
25 Sep 2020
With economists believing the sharp economic recovery seen in the US during the third quarter is already sputtering, questions are growing about how long the import surge will last.
25 Sep 2020
DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) say they expect to finalize an employment agreement covering the terminal operator's Port Botany facility in Sydney next week.
25 Sep 2020
Criticism of the truckload broker Convoy for using venture capital to expand its market share reached a fever pitch this week based on a new offering that helps shippers sidestep the annual bid process, a product incumbent brokers claim is not as innovative as Convoy suggests.
25 Sep 2020
A long-awaited recovery in the trans-Atlantic trade appears to be underway with a steep increase in US import volume from Europe for some previously hard-hit commodities.
24 Sep 2020
US shippers are returning to the ‘shipper of choice’ model as a peak season unlike any other looms ahead, trucking executives told the virtual CSCMP 2020 Edge conference this week.
24 Sep 2020
The forwarding operations software provider Magaya has acquired rate management software stalwart Catapult to integrate quoting capability into its set of solutions for third-party logistics providers.
24 Sep 2020
Risk of excess capacity in the global roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) fleet remains high even as sales improve, as car and high and heavy volumes are not expected to return to 2019 levels until 2023.
24 Sep 2020
According to Drewry's container freight rate index, some spot pricing from China to the US West Coast surpassed $4,000 per FEU this week, a psychological barrier that appeared to be insurmountable just last week due to admonitions from regulators in China and the US about aggressive carrier pricing.
24 Sep 2020
Although the specific port rotation of the semi-liner service will depend on the cargo mix, Japan will now be a regular call for MPV/HL carrier Chipolbrok thanks to a new business relationship with third-party logistics provider and agent Crane Worldwide.
24 Sep 2020
The Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) has secured the final piece of the funding pie needed to deepen the port’s main harbor to 47 feet to Blount Island, a critical step toward handling more post-Panamax vessels in the trans-Pacific trade.
23 Sep 2020
Speaking at the virtual 2020 CSCMP Edge conference, Target’s Arthur L Valdez, Jr., forecasts a reinvention of retailing based on logistics and increasingly precise and rapid transportation.