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 National Railways also operate in the United States.  

News & Analysis

06 Dec 2019
James Lyons’ successor as head of the Alabama State Port Authority will have plenty on their plate as the Port of Mobile looks to expand its container handling capacity and attract new shipping services amid growing volumes.
21 Nov 2019
SEKO Logistics' Vice President Brian Bourke on the intersection of freight, logistics, and
20 Nov 2019
JOC Container Trade Europe 2019 Day 1 Keynote Speaker Marc Meier discusses the opportunities that global container freight movement presents in its very complexity, ambiguity, and volatility. Meier, managing partner and CEO of Fr. Meyer's Sohn, describes navigating the changing perception of freight forwarder value, compression of rates, and IMO 2020 uncertainty.
20 Nov 2019
Business leaders urged the Canadian government to help resolve the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference’s strike against Canadian National Railroad as the job action entered its second day.
20 Nov 2019
Asset-monitoring technology will help Canadian Pacific and intermodal shippers to locate and better utilize the railroad’s chassis pool.
20 Nov 2019
Both Coyote Logistics and DAT Solutions see spot rates moving into inflationary territory early next year, but the US economy will signal how high rates might climb.
20 Nov 2019
Zim, pointing to cost efficiencies gained through its partnership with the 2M Alliance, navigated a market rife with uncertainties to post slight Q3 increases in net profit and revenues.
20 Nov 2019
Adding value to both carrier and shipper will be a key criteria of the forwarding business model over the next decade.
20 Nov 2019
Another public consultation has been opened into the container shipping block exemption regulation, which the European Commission has proposed renewing for four years.
19 Nov 2019
Dan Gardner, President, Trade Facilitators Inc., on his Intro to Logistics session at TPM 2020, Sunday, 03 March 2019.
19 Nov 2019
Shippers and truckers can now use chassis from Milestone Equipment Holdings when they move cargo in or out of the GCT New York terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey, expanding the number of chassis options available at the terminal and increasing the number of suppliers.
19 Nov 2019
Pacific International Lines is expanding its weekly Vietnam service to the US with the addition of a second call in Vietnam amid a double-digit jump in eastbound container volumes from the southeast Asian country.
19 Nov 2019
The acquisition of Emergent Cold gives US-based Lineage Logistics greater access to Asian markets and facilities at three US ports.
19 Nov 2019
SM Line will bring direct liner service back to Portland after a two-year absence even as the ILWU deals with a recent $93 million judgment against the union for damages the terminal operator incurred during five years of work slowdowns at the Oregon port.
19 Nov 2019
With the traditional peak season period for air cargo already under way, there is still no sign of an increase in demand.
19 Nov 2019
Shippers in Bangladesh are warning that an imminent strike by truck and van drivers will paralyze commerce by disrupting the movement of import and export goods.
19 Nov 2019
Canadian National Railroad said it will continue talks with the Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference despite the union’s decision to launch a strike at 12.01 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday.
18 Nov 2019
Using technology to correct documentation errors before trucker appointments are made and the terminals’ use of appointment systems to meter gate traffic reduced turn times in in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to a six-year low in October.
18 Nov 2019
The number of violations issued to drivers for exceeding hours of service limits has dropped significantly since the ELD mandate took effect, but false log violations rose last year.
18 Nov 2019
Shippers and logistics providers are finding it difficult to secure refrigerated warehousing around the Port of New York and New Jersey as consumer demand for food and perishables sold via e-commerce increases.
18 Nov 2019
US wind energy capacity reached 100 GW in the third quarter of 2019, and with another 45.6 GW in the development pipeline, heavy-haul trucking carriers may struggle to keep pace with demand.
18 Nov 2019
Most major carriers and some freight forwarders have announced their own bunker adjustment factor (BAF) formulas to offset higher fuel costs, but there is little commonality in pricing or even what they are called.
18 Nov 2019
The Port of New York and New Jersey has been a beneficiary of the nearly two-decade shift in container cargo from the West Coast to East and Gulf coasts, but its growth has not kept pace with its competitors in the Southeast, particularly with regard to discretionary cargo moving inland via rail.
15 Nov 2019
Trucking companies that employ owner operator drivers in the Port of New York and New Jersey are again battling an attempt to change the rules that determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee, while unions are pushing for the legislation to become law.
15 Nov 2019
The divide sharpens between those who see looming recession in freight numbers and those who see sustained, albeit slower, US growth.
15 Nov 2019
The second straight weekly decline in spot rates in the eastbound Pacific seems to show that the peak shipping season was uneventful -- and that the 25 percent tariffs on $300 billion of imports from China due to go into effect Dec. 15 is having no significant impact on freight volumes.
15 Nov 2019
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is bringing in ex-Maersk COO Soren Toft not because they’ve been unsuccessful, but rather because they know they need an outsider’s view to maintain that success as they enter their second half-century of existence.
15 Nov 2019
Intermodal growth north of the border supports the scenario that once the Precision Scheduled Railroading transition is completed, the stage is set for intermodal gains. But a closer review calls this assumption into question.
15 Nov 2019
The industry’s pivot to scrubbers is a gambit not just in that it hinges on high-sulfur bunker fuel prices staying significantly lower than low-sulfur fuels, but that regulators won’t further restrict scrubbers as environmentalists raise alarms.
15 Nov 2019
Maersk continues to improve its profitability, helped by falling bunker prices and a greater focus on capacity management.
14 Nov 2019
"There's a growing appetite to re-evaluate the buying-selling relationship," in freight contracting, says Xeneta CEO Patr
14 Nov 2019
Abu Dhabi Ports officials will initiate talks with Indian counterparts to draw up a roadmap for establishing integration links between their respective digital logistics portals.
14 Nov 2019
Danny Wan has been named executive director of the Port of Oakland, replacing Chris Lytle, who retired in July after six years in the top spot.
14 Nov 2019
Carolyn Glynn, director, imports, Sealink International provides a recap of the JOC LogTech19 Conference panel on automation of freight procurement, the question of contracts that don't hold carriers to their allocation commitment, and how this movement will change the very meaning of procurement.
14 Nov 2019
West Coast employers are somewhat hopeful the ILWU will view the unprecedented $93 million judgment in Portland as a wakeup call to improve labor relations and stop the bleed of cargo to ports on other coasts.
14 Nov 2019
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam unveiled an international trade plan to boost exports by 50 percent in the next 15 years, a key initiative since laden exports fell between January and August for the second consecutive year.