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

09 Jul 2020
Imports from Asia and China rebounded in June as a number of US retailers reopened, but consumer demand could pull back later this summer if stores are forced to close again due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
18 Dec 2019
Submissions for and against the four-year extension of the carrier exemption from competition laws are beginning to land in the European Commission’s inbox.
18 Dec 2019
Global shipping wants to accelerate the search for a zero carbon fuel that is essential if the industry is to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.
18 Dec 2019
Cargo no-shows are down 75 percent on freight booked via the Maersk Spot guaranteed online booking platform, according to the container carrier.
K+N: Greener ocean services don’t always come at a premium
18 Dec 2019
On the east-west trades, some services with higher CO2 emissions come with the same cost and transit time as those services providing a more eco-friendly operation.
18 Dec 2019
Seattle-based Convoy is challenging freight brokerage incumbents by saying it has developed capability to automate freight matching and pricing in widely-used US truckload lanes.
17 Dec 2019
Owner-operator truckers face big changes if New Jersey legislation is enacted that would reshape the way the state determines whether a driver is an employee or independent contractor. But stakeholder assessments vary over the impact on the Port of New York and New Jersey.
17 Dec 2019
Year-to-date declines in metal, chemical, and forest product shipments will depress future truck volumes, creating an overhang that will affect pricing, a transportation economist says.
The Zeamarine Hamburg, formerly the Rickmers Hamburg, loading pipe modules.
17 Dec 2019
German tax and crisis management expert Sven Lundehn has been brought in to manage the Bremen-based carrier, as top executives leave and founder Jan Hendrik Többe makes an exit.
17 Dec 2019
India is considering measures to bolster the port of Cochin’s standing in the region to boost volumes and better compete with the Sri Lankan transshipment hub of Colombo.
17 Dec 2019
Traffic problems that slowed trucks in BNSF’s Lot 16 outside of Chicago have been resolved through a partnership between the railroad and an Intermodal Cartage-owned yard operator.
17 Dec 2019
Maersk has completed its first phase of integration and is now moving to accelerate the rollout of its end-to-end strategy.
16 Dec 2019
Driven by consumers and end-customers, more shippers say they are looking for precision in on-time delivery from trucking suppliers, and placing it before price.
16 Dec 2019
A four-year-old logistics technology platform founded in India sees itself as the digital connective thread between the country’s long-haul freight market and the disorganized urban delivery sector.
16 Dec 2019
Despite retailers’ expectations that a front-loading of imports to avoid now-canceled tariffs that would have gone into effect Dec. 15 would drive up volumes last month, US imports from Asia fell for the second straight month.
16 Dec 2019
Outsiders can find vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector exasperatingly opaque. In part five of a six-part special report on the topic, JOC.com takes a look at the complexities of project shipping and whether they can be whittled down to a one-size-fits-all index.
16 Dec 2019
North American ports are failing to match increasing vessel sizes and container exchanges with sufficient waterside and landside resources, resulting in extended vessel stays in port and yard and gate congestion at the terminals.
16 Dec 2019
Two of the world’s top three container shipping companies are positive biofuel can be provided in sufficient quantities to help power the global fleet, but one carrier remains doubtful.
13 Dec 2019
Shippers may find capacity tighter on a carrier-by-carrier, lane-by-lane basis when the final phase of the ELD mandate takes effect Monday.
13 Dec 2019
Long Beach Container Terminal, which included the ILWU in the planning process for its fully-automated terminal right from the beginning, has avoided the labor pushback that can complicate the introduction of automation at marine terminals.
13 Dec 2019
A number of ocean carriers are adjusting their detention and demurrage fees in the next 30 days, causing shippers to pay more for these penalties being reviewed by the Federal Maritime Commission.
13 Dec 2019
The US and China have reached a partial trade deal that would cancel upcoming tariffs and reduce some, but not all, of those already in place, significantly ratcheting down tensions between the two superpowers that have rattled global markets for almost two years.
13 Dec 2019
The UK election result has introduced more certainty around Brexit, although the much-needed trade details of the withdrawal agreement have yet to be thrashed out.
13 Dec 2019
A confluence of supply and demand factors has given the Asia–Med rate a strong boost ahead of Chinese New Year.
13 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Undiscovered areas for software to expand exist in the grey space outside of transportation management and customer relationship management systems, Winmore Software's John Golob explains. Golob discusses breaking out of the Excel and email routine and identifying areas for data integration, automation,
13 Dec 2019
Drewry's Head of Research Products Martin Dixon on fleet and rate projections for breakbulk and project cargo, uncertainty around tariffs, oil prices, and the shipping cost implications for cargo owners of the IMO 2020 low-sulfur fuel regulation.
12 Dec 2019
Truckload spot rates leaped upward in the first week of December, rising 12 cents per mile above their November average according to DAT Solutions as the final holiday retail push got underway.
Hapag-Lloyd tabs Blume for digital drayage help
12 Dec 2019
Hapag-Lloyd has turned to Blume Global, which supplies a range of industry brand names, to help digitally manage its North American door moves.
YRC reports double-digit drop in LTL tonnage
12 Dec 2019
A ‘freight volume headwind’ blew hard against YRC Worldwide in November, driving down tonnage at YRC Freight 10.2 percent year over year. December is looking better, the carrier says.
Maersk and NYSHEX are currently offering guaranteed ocean freight contracts, but the number of options available to shippers is expected expand in the months ahead.
12 Dec 2019
Singapore-based container line ONE is the seventh carrier to provide guaranteed digital contracts through NYSHEX, which seeks to resolve the systemic issue of shippers making multiple bookings and carrier overbooking.
12 Dec 2019
The Port of Montreal on Tuesday began posting artificial-intelligence driven predictions for next-day truck turn times to help truckers and BCOs make decisions on when to drop-off or pick-up a containers.
12 Dec 2019
Chassis solutions such as the pool of pools in Southern California and the pool arrangement in the southeast US are still falling short of their goal of establishing fully interoperable chassis pools because of carrier-imposed box rules, drayage operators say.
APMT joint venture widens Cosco’s Med footprint
12 Dec 2019
Cosco has added a new container terminal to its expanding European portfolio in a JV with APM Terminals.
ODFL looks for added value in ELDs as final deadline looms
11 Dec 2019
The second-largest US LTL carrier has completed its AOBRD to ELD conversion, and now looks to expand the integration of its ELDs with other technologies, including geofencing.
11 Dec 2019
The benefits of automated port terminals go beyond lower labor costs and are likely to drive an increase in their use worldwide, a top industry speaker said Wednesday.
11 Dec 2019
Despite attempts to set its own decarbonization agenda, shipping could find itself included — very reluctantly — in Europe’s emissions trading system.