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

21 Oct 2019
In his JOC LogTech keynote presentation, Abir Thakurta, supply chain vice president for retailer Havertys, addressed the tech burnout many in the supply chain industry feel with new technologies.
10 Sep 2019
The Hamilton Container Terminal in Ontario, Canada, is attracting business by offering a portfolio of niche services for exporters and providing a drop-off and distribution terminal for cargo coming by truck from New York and New Jersey, and Philadelphia.
10 Sep 2019
Retailers prepare for a projected 8.8 percent increase in imports in November as they ship early to get ahead of 15 percent tariffs scheduled to take effect Dec. 15 on remaining merchandise from China not already under tariff.
10 Sep 2019
The government of Panama has approved reduced toll rates for container ships transiting the Panama Canal, mindful of the need to stay competitive with the Suez Canal and with carriers ready to see fuel costs jump due to the IMO 2020 low-sulfur mandate.
10 Sep 2019
On the back of a deal with Bangladesh, India looks to expand its coastal shipping links with other countries in the region.
10 Sep 2019
Shippers on the Asia-Europe trades are starting to see how container shipping’s switch to low-sulfur fuel will impact their freight rates.
10 Sep 2019
CEVA joins Maersk and Toll in an e-commerce portal that gives customers 24/7 access to their shipments.
09 Sep 2019
As part of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s effort to increase rail cargo efficiency, terminals are encouraging ocean carriers to place containers headed for a similar destination in one part of the vessel so they can be removed from the ship faster.
09 Sep 2019
“We don’t think about our supply chain as a collection of technologies, but as processes,” Abir Thakurta, vice president of global supply chain for the Atlanta-based furniture retailer, said in a keynote address to the conference. “For us, it’s about supply chain performance. I’m interested in outcomes. If you’re a technology provider, think outcomes, not solutions.”
09 Sep 2019
The Journal of Commerce has learned Amazon has acquired 53-foot containers, signaling an intention to tender intermodal volume directly to Class I railroads without an intermediary and marketing itself as an end-to-end supply chain solution for small retailers.
09 Sep 2019
India’s Concor takes another step to keep pace with the global push for one-stop logistics shopping.
09 Sep 2019
The intermodal sector in Mexico has room to grow, but that means overcoming several challenges.
09 Sep 2019
The San Francisco-based company, which launched its freight division in 2016, will expand its existing operations in Chicago, including housing its first engineering department outside of the San Francisco area. Uber Freight currently operates from offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Amsterdam.
09 Sep 2019
So much of the discussion around international logistics technology is focused on so-called disruptors and the vast amounts of money behind them, but the reality is that disruption isn’t where the action is taking place.
06 Sep 2019
Ports in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are expected to reopen this weekend with relatively normal operations, while the Port of Halifax waits to see how much of an impact Dorian will have there.
06 Sep 2019
The failure of Sept. 1 general rate increase to hold may indicate that earlier predictions of a weak peak season were correct.
06 Sep 2019
The world’s fourth-largest ocean carrier says its integration of recently purchased third-party provider CEVA Logistics is “proceeding according to plan” despite mounting losses and debt.
06 Sep 2019
The Federal Maritime Commission agreed to the recommendations stemming from a year-and-half effort led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye to address complaints from cargo owners and drayage drivers over what they considered unfair fees for failing to pick up cargo and return equipment in a timely manner.
06 Sep 2019
Mixed signals abound in the US trucking market, making budget planning for 2020 an unenviable task.
06 Sep 2019
Volumes at India’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals are on the rise following the implementation of a broader, more collaborative rail arrangement at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
06 Sep 2019
Canadian National provides Evergreen has provided intermodal rail service to customers of Evergreen, the seventh-largest container line, for the last 27 years, with services connecting to the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Halifax.
06 Sep 2019
INTTRA and CargoSphere vet seeks to provide container lines and freight forwarders with a new crowd-sourced path to innovating solutions for systemic container shipping problems.
05 Sep 2019
Prince Rupert will receive $153.7 million from Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund for three infrastructure projects that will increase capacity and terminal access.
05 Sep 2019
The second-largest terminal at Mexico’s Port of Manzanillo will complete an expansion project next year as the ports fends off complaints it has problems dealing with peak season volumes.
05 Sep 2019
Hurricane Dorian is causing flooding, high winds, and tornadoes in the Carolinas and is expected to impact southeast Virginia Friday and southeast Massachusetts Saturday.
05 Sep 2019
A new index designed to help shippers optimize their supply chains in the face of poor vessel schedule reliability is under development by shipping software provider CargoSphere and the publisher of the China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI) and Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI).
05 Sep 2019
The California state legislature is on track to pass a bill, which the governor intends to sign into law, that could fundamentally alter the relationship between shippers, trucking companies, and port truck drivers. It's expected to be signed before an intermodal conference this month in Long Beach.
05 Sep 2019
Digital freight broker Loadsmart is adding to the list of startups aiming to revamp way shippers can procure drayage capacity in an effort backed by sizable investment from Maersk and Ports America.
05 Sep 2019
The Swiss freight forwarder and Singapore’s investment arm are teaming up to fund logistics-focused startups at the Series A and B stage, building on a partnership they started in January 2018.
05 Sep 2019
Maersk makes another move to source IMO 2020-compliant fuels ahead of the Jan. 1 mandate as the global availability of very low sulfur fuel oil remains an open question.
04 Sep 2019
Terminals at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex are performing consistently better than they did last winter, when warehouses in Southern California were overwhelmed by the front-loading of imports that resulted from the Trump administration’s tariffs on imports from China.
04 Sep 2019
The partnership between Canadian National Railway and Cosco was instrumental in propelling Prince Rupert from a bulk port to a major Asian gateway for US and Canadian cargo owners and forwarders.
04 Sep 2019
While some liner shipping parties questions the wisdom of container lines alone developing data standards, the speed with which the DCSA unveiled its first set of standardized process maps suggests maybe fewer parties are better suited for such sweeping initiatives.
04 Sep 2019
The 2M Alliance has added the Port of New Orleans to a route linking China with the Gulf of Mexico, giving the Gulf Coast port its second service from the Far East and adding to its rapidly growing volume of import cargo.
04 Sep 2019
Union Pacific Railroad has dropped its plan to levy fines against trucking companies for canceling or missing ingate reservations to enter intermodal ramps in California, Oregon, and Washington.
04 Sep 2019
Truck drivers are being detained longer during pickups and deliveries, cutting into their driving time and adding to shipping costs, despite efforts by “shippers of choice” to speed those drivers through their gates, a study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) finds.