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 Dec 2020
E-commerce growth has driven appetite for on-demand warehousing space, which propelled software provider Flexe toward a $70 million funding round Tuesday.
30 Nov 2020
The further deterioration in ocean reliability can be seen in vessel bunching this week at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, where 20 container ships were waiting at anchor as of Monday.
30 Nov 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on demand in the United States and the Caribbean and Central America caused two-way trade between the regions to contract in the first nine months of 2020.
30 Nov 2020
A series of developments over the past roughly five years has put shippers in the most disadvantageous position in regard to pricing power that they have perhaps ever faced.
30 Nov 2020
As the demand boom is spreading to multiple trade lanes, it means shippers are now fighting over access to the same limited resources.
30 Nov 2020
Besides the Colombo logjam and acute container shortages, last week’s cyclone-related disruptions at Chennai and other nearby ports dealt another blow to supply chains out of India’s east coast corridor.
27 Nov 2020
The non-seasonally adjusted American Trucking Associations Truck Tonnage Index rose 2.7 percent from September in October, but was down year over year.
27 Nov 2020
Shippers can expect sharp increases in annual contract prices as Asia-Europe spot rates spike ahead of a range of carrier increases and peak season surcharges
27 Nov 2020
Automation, self-invoicing bolster traditional third-party payment audit model
27 Nov 2020
An intra-Asian trade pact, likely to be ratified next year, will cut or eliminate tariffs, harmonize rules of origin regulations, and deepen regional supply chains.
25 Nov 2020
CMA CGM on Dec. 4 will launch Seapriority Express from Yantian to Los Angeles with guaranteed equipment availability and priority loading in China, and chassis availability in Southern California.
25 Nov 2020
US federal maritime regulator’s decision to increase scrutiny of container lines is part of a larger global effort to monitor how carriers are behaving.
25 Nov 2020
Shippers shouldn’t expect carriers to easily agree to increasing their minimum quantity commitments (MQC) within trans-Pacific service contracts, said Philip Damas, head of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
25 Nov 2020
The number of truck drivers at carriers with up to 100 trucks fell by more than 150,000 from July to October, tightening already scarce capacity, according to an analysis of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data.
25 Nov 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a discussion with Ben Cubitt, senior vice president, Consulting and Networking Services, for Transplace. Cubitt sees shippers adding some new tools to their contracting kits as the market remains volatile, including mini-bids that generally focus on a select number of lanes and cover a short period of time.
25 Nov 2020
Canadian Pacific has made no secret of its ambition to claw some of the container line volume away from its larger rival Canadian National Railway, with new initiatives at Saint John and Vancouver aimed at just that.
24 Nov 2020
The leadership change at the Port of Montreal comes as the second-largest Canadian port moves forward on a new terminal after a month-long series of strikes in the summer.
24 Nov 2020
The holiday season began with strong on-time last-mile delivery rates for FedEx, UPS, and USPS, but consumers are likely to see one- to two-day delays during an unusual 2020 holiday season.
24 Nov 2020
The increase in one-way container moves means drivers spend more time waiting on line at different terminals, and running down the hours of service they can legally drive.
24 Nov 2020
Yang Ming has joined the growing list of container lines to offering a digital quoting and booking channel, with its use of software from BlueX Trade also a sign that this trend is taking root in Asia.
24 Nov 2020
Toronto-based freight marketplace Shipz has partnered with a trio of software firms to enable users to access to adjacent tools, part of a continuing trend of forwarder-focused technology providers partnering to augment their value.
24 Nov 2020
The ratio of cargo rollovers at transshipment ports continues to rise with carriers unable to maintain reliable schedules and battling to return equipment to Asia to serve the booming export trades.
24 Nov 2020
New York–based new trade compliance automation startup Altana AI has designs on creating a new version of much-maligned trusted trade cargo facilitations programs.
23 Nov 2020
The European Commission's Green Deal will add 288 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity to Europe's grid by 2050, along with 40 GW in tidal and floating solar energy generation.
23 Nov 2020
US retailers benefited from higher inventory levels during Q3; however, the outlook through the end of the year remains uncertain following slowing growth in October retail sales.
23 Nov 2020
The industry’s proposal calls for the R&D fund to be financed over a 10-year period by a levy on shipping companies of $2 per tonne of marine fuel consumed.
23 Nov 2020
Rates and demand on the major east–west trades out of Asia have remained at high levels deep into the traditional slow season, driving up profitability and leaving shippers with the check.
20 Nov 2020
The FMC’s order drew immediate support from organizations representing truckers and agricultural exporters, who have testified about carrier practices they say contribute to port congestion and bottlenecks in the international supply chain.
20 Nov 2020
CMA CGM is the latest carrier to post a highly profitable quarterly result in what the CEO has called “a favorable environment” that is expected to continue into the fourth quarter.
20 Nov 2020
The 95-year-old founder of A-P-A Transport helped define LTL trucking in the regulatory era, before establishing NY Waterway.
20 Nov 2020
CMA CGM said its surcharge will apply to worldwide reefer shipments to Tianjin, including from the US, while MSC said its surcharge would be levied on reefer shipments from Europe.
20 Nov 2020
Major and regional container carriers in recent years have added shuttle services on routes connecting ports in Mexico to the United States, particularly Tampa and Miami.
20 Nov 2020
Loadsmart more than tripled the amount of capital raised through a $90 million round announced Friday as it seeks to automate the brokerage and optimization of US domestic transport modes.
19 Nov 2020
California agricultural exporters say failing to deliver their products on time to overseas customers can result in buyers attempting to “wiggle out” of contracts that contain firm deadlines.
19 Nov 2020
The US Federal Maritime Commission has rejected an argument from container lines that it lacks the authority to hear the American Trucking Associations’ complaint over so-called merchant haulage moves.