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

29 May 2020
Extensive capacity cuts on the Asia–Europe and Asia–Med trades are holding up container spot rates, and some carriers are even announcing rate increases in May and June.
27 Feb 2020
Kuehne + Nagel wants to expand its Asia network, and the giant forwarder has its eyes on specific targets in the region.
27 Feb 2020
Project cargo bound for industrial projects is trapped in China due to measures to control coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), triggering project delays and endangering a normally reliable cargo market.
27 Feb 2020
The IMO is taking seriously concerns raised in Europe that certain blends of low-sulfur fuels can emit greater amounts of harmful black carbon than the high-sulfur fuels they are meant to replace.
27 Feb 2020
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak will distort container flows and global equipment fleet balance for at least another 90 to 120 days, according to Gregory Tuthill, chief commercial officer at SeaCube Containers.
Freightos rolls out FedEx customs brokerage add-on
27 Feb 2020
The freight rate marketplace provider Freightos will include an option for shippers to add FedEx customs brokerage services on-demand as part of a broader deal between the two companies that also includes FedEx’s use of Freightos’ air cargo pricing and booking tools.
26 Feb 2020
Canadian ports on both coasts are working toward a return to normal operations amid the nearly three-week-long spate of rail blockades, with full rail service restored to the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, and some service back at the Port of Montreal.
26 Feb 2020
A Southern California drayage software maker has raised more than $10 million to fund development of its marketplace for drivers and shippers, a sign the pace of investment in this once-overlooked freight segment won’t soon slow.
26 Feb 2020
Domestic intermodal volumes rose in January year on year, but there is little else for intermodal marketing companies (IMCs) to feel good about right now.
26 Feb 2020
A new $38 million berth will boost Port Canaveral's capacity for handling breakbulk cargo, including cargo bound for the space industry.
26 Feb 2020
Los Angeles and Long Beach ports predict a 12 to 15 percent decline in cargo volume in the first quarter due largely to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on production in Asia.
26 Feb 2020
The terms of a $5 billion credit line obtained by Maersk as it reinvents itself as a logistics integrator will become more favorable as the ocean carrier progresses towards its carbon-neutrality goal.
26 Feb 2020
Container shipping continues its struggle to match capacity with very low demand, pulling huge amounts of capacity out of service on the key east-west trades.
25 Feb 2020
Retired executive and ex-Wilhelmsen group board chair Wilhelm Wilhemsen, fourth generation to run the family business, has died at age 82.
25 Feb 2020
Spot truck rates out of Los Angeles are weaker than usual, thanks in part to the coronavirus that has interrupted freight flows from China. Will restocking spark a pricing whiplash this spring?
25 Feb 2020
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will extend the collaborative efforts already underway into the digital era in order to improve productivity.
25 Feb 2020
A no-deal Brexit could knock 14 percent off the UK’s exports to the European Union by value, according to a new United Nations study.
25 Feb 2020
The Dubai-based operator’s acquisition of the Fraser Surrey Docks, which handled 350,000 TEU last year, was completed with partner Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a pension fund.
25 Feb 2020
The domino effect of factory closures and other related supply chain disruptions stemming from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will have major downstream ramifications for container shipping demand, equipment availability, and rates.
25 Feb 2020
US refrigerated cargo imports grew by just over 1 percent in 2019 from the year before, in part due to a drop in Chinese volumes.
25 Feb 2020
Transportation management software provider 3Gtms’ acquisition of parcel shipping software maker Pacejet represents further evidence that the management of parcel and small shipments is becoming a core need for shippers.
24 Feb 2020
Terminal operators at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) have agreed to lift additional charges for direct port delivery (DPD) cargo they had previously sought to impose.
24 Feb 2020
Efforts to rein in excess capacity accelerated among large carriers, lowering the JOC Truckload Capacity Index to 85.2 in the fourth quarter. However, even that reading is still high.
24 Feb 2020
The dismantling of a protest blockade blocking the Canadian National Railway line at Tyendinaga Monday morning could signal the end of the two-week old blockade that has crippled the movement of cargo by rail across Canada.
24 Feb 2020
Driven mostly by increases in bunker fuel charges due to the IMO 2020 global low-sulfur fuel requirement, carriers say they intend to achieve all-inclusive freight rates that are slightly higher than the rates in last year’s service contracts.
24 Feb 2020
The Chinese government says it will take “strong measures” to ensure supply chain fluidity for refrigerated (reefer) food products, but US exporters must wait for factories to reopen and ships to begin leaving China again.
24 Feb 2020
Attention is shifting from mitigating the effects of China's dramatic measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus to how to recover from its impact on the supply chain.
21 Feb 2020
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is working with railroad operators to find alternatives to blocked rail lines as he urged First Nation protesters to end the crippling blockades he called “unacceptable.”
21 Feb 2020
The Port of Houston says a group of non-container stakeholders should revise its plan for the authority to float a $500 million bond for the project to widen the port channel, saying that under the plan the port would then be responsible if payments were not made.
21 Feb 2020
A sizable investment in a yard automation startup this week is a signal that shippers and logistics providers need to prioritize efficiencies in their warehousing and distribution facilities to cope with the speed of supply chains.
21 Feb 2020
Following intervention by various industry groups amid the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Indian government has issued a directive to customs authorities to waive penalties typically levied for the late filing of import shipment data.
21 Feb 2020
IHS Markit Vice President Peter Tirschwell on what to expect at this year's TPM Conference (1-4 March 2020, Long Beach, Calif). For the full agenda visit: www.joc-tpm.com/agenda
21 Feb 2020
The vulnerability of the container shipping supply chain has been repeatedly — and painfully — exposed, but as 2020 gets underway, the industry is facing disruption on a scale not seen in its more than 60-year history as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China.
21 Feb 2020
JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi on afternoon sessions and case studies to be held at TPM20, 1-4 March 2020, Long Beach, California. For the full agenda visit: www.joc-tpm.com/agenda
Rail blockade forces Halifax ship diversions
20 Feb 2020
Halifax and the ports of Montreal and Vancouver have endured cargo backlogs at marine terminals and disruption to domestic and international shipments.
SSA Marine said truckers who participate in free flow drayage in West Coast ports such as Oakland (above) consistently achieve turn times of 15 to 20 minutes, compared with an hour or longer in conventional operations.
20 Feb 2020
Terminal operators, truckers, and BCOs agree that expanding free-flow operations for the delivery of containers at West Coast ports is a win-win situation for all participants, but the complexities of pulling it off in an era of big ships and alliances is limiting its potential.