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.
31 Oct 2019
Despite reporting a profitable second quarter, the Japanese container carrier has reduced its full-year earnings forecast by nearly one-third, citing concerns over a worsening global economic environment and an expected increase in bunker costs.
31 Oct 2019
Sponsored: Is email slowing us down? Erik Long, account executive with Front, discusses innovative solutions for handling email volume and strategies for helping logistics companies prioritize emails and capture more revenue.
31 Oct 2019
Even before Wednesday’s announcement canceling the Nov. 15 Apec meeting in Chile, footwear importers were warned their industry would continue to encounter a drumbeat of uncertainty and possibly higher duty rates.
31 Oct 2019
Chinese customs officials are giving a closer look to some goods being shipped from China into Hong Kong amid ongoing anti-government protests, causing delays in freight arrival.
31 Oct 2019
Hapag-Lloyd will introduce an interim fuel surcharge to cover the volatile transition period as the carrier switch over to low-sulfur fuel in December.
30 Oct 2019
Income gains from international routes operated by Cosco Shipping Lines and OOCL in the third quarter came despite the average China Containerized Freight Index falling 1.7 percent between July and September.
30 Oct 2019
Large truckload carriers continue to shed trucks, according to the JOC Truckload Capacity Index. Logistics providers, however, report ample available truck capacity.
30 Oct 2019
The Port of Philadelphia hopes its new auto processing center will help the port compete for business with other major auto-moving ports, like New York-New Jersey, Baltimore, Brunswick, and Jacksonville.
30 Oct 2019
Freight brokers believe spot market rates will remain lower than historical norms through the first half of 2020 despite a recent seasonal bump in rates.
30 Oct 2019
The “port optimizer” information portal continues to expand, but a lack of trust among BCOs who fear they’ll lose their competitive advantage has prevented accumulation of a critical mass of shipment data in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
30 Oct 2019
Shipping and its supply chain is facing a series of trade and environmental trends that will require a new approach from all parties, says UNCTAD.
30 Oct 2019
India’s transshipment business is showing signs of growth, thanks to the country’s recent cabotage liberalization.
30 Oct 2019
In an unusual move, Flexport is gauging interest from competing forwarders about their interest in aiding the company with its “high volume” of customs entries.
30 Oct 2019
Progress is being made in the global decarbonization drive to cut CO2 emissions by the container shipping industry.
30 Oct 2019
The acquisition of Panalpina allowed DSV to more than double its business in Asia, giving the new company the scale required to compete with larger incumbents on the trans-Pacific.
29 Oct 2019
US motor carriers blamed “an oversupply of truckload capacity” for greater-than-expected pressure on earnings in the third quarter.
29 Oct 2019
The agreement will see Flexport offer full containerload (FCL), air cargo, and final mile services in the United States and EU to SF Express’ Chinese customers. SF Express essentially will act as a channel partner for Flexport.
29 Oct 2019
Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association, said turn times in Los Angeles-Long Beach have improved noticeably this year due to collaboration among truckers and marine terminal operators.
29 Oct 2019
Increased use of dimensioning equipment and more detailed cost analysis is seen lifting the floor for LTL and truckload pricing in the future.
29 Oct 2019
A venture capital-backed freight broker wants to create carpooling opportunities for LTL by using technology instead of physical terminals to aggregate shipments.
29 Oct 2019
The partnership with Wing furthers CMA CGM’s attempts to provide an array of logistics services beyond port-to-port vessel operation, focusing on last-mile logistics for small and medium sellers the container lines is targeting with broader digital services.
29 Oct 2019
Maersk continues to lead the way as the shipping industry searches for the fuel that will enable it to deploy carbon-neutral vessels by 2030.
28 Oct 2019
A growing number of truck and terminal operators in the Port of New York and New Jersey are looking to acquire electric vehicles -- including yard tractors and drayage trucks -- to help the port meet it mission to cut emissions.
28 Oct 2019
With imports on the rise, domestic US steel prices are rolling downhill in 2019 and analysts expect that trend to continue well into next year.
28 Oct 2019
Cargo volumes at the busiest container gateways in China continued to grow in the first nine months of 2019, but at a slower rate than last year due in large part to a cooling European economy the country’s ongoing trade war with the United States.
28 Oct 2019
Europe’s largest inland port is about to become even bigger as it partners with an international consortium to develop a new terminal.
28 Oct 2019
A seeming shift in philosophy among a number of key players in the container trade when it comes to orderbooks is about to change the competitive dynamics in the main deep-sea trades.
28 Oct 2019
Freight intermediaries say a recent move by the Indian government to streamline logistics costs will sideline them and result in delays and bottlenecks in the country’s supply chain.
25 Oct 2019
Consignadores mexicanos están encontrando la temporada alta de este año menos perjudicial para sus cadenas de suministro que el año pasado y están experimentando menos dificultades para obtener carga de los puertos, ya que los volúmenes de carga han crecido solo ligeramente y las tarifas de los transportistas marítimos se han mantenido en el mismo rango que en 2018.
25 Oct 2019
The legal effort by New Jersey’s governor and legislators to enact a new law that would transfer to the state police many of the investigatory and watchdog powers of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor has garnered support from the New York Shipping Association.
Trans-Pacific spot rates stabilize ahead of projected import bump
25 Oct 2019
Spot rates on the eastbound Pacific stabilized as carriers prepare for a possible spike in imports from China next month ahead of the next round of tariffs scheduled to take effect Dec. 15 in US-China trade war.
25 Oct 2019
Rates on Asia–Europe have edged upwards and volume on the trade continues to grow in an apparent contradiction of the gloomy trading environment.
25 Oct 2019
Imports of household products from Asia increased just 0.6 percent through August because of US-China trade war. But with China’s dominant role in that sector and number two Vietnam at capacity, there will be no significant shift in sourcing away from China.
25 Oct 2019
US freight shippers are eyeing transportation budgets cautiously in 2020, as the truckload pricing cycle approaches its next turn in a slow-growing US economy.
25 Oct 2019
Sponsored: Alabama State Port Authority Vice President of Operations Bill Inge on $1 million infrastructure projects and how technology has met the unique needs of breakbulk shipping.