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

24 Feb 2021
Container carriers that deployed extra loaders and those that provided express services in the resurgent Asia–US trade saw the largest volume gains in 2020.
15 Oct 2020
TradeLens said Thursday that Maersk’s liner competitors MSC and CMA CGM are both “fully integrated” into the platform, which could make it more appealing for cargo owners and 3PLs to use the blockchain-based solution.
14 Oct 2020
Services featuring expedited transit times and premium cargo handling continue to gain popularity in the booming trade between China and Los Angeles-Long Beach.
14 Oct 2020
The long run-up in spot market truckload rates and truck freight demand may be reaching its peak, but don’t expect a quick descent, speakers at the Transplace Shipper Symposium said Wednesday.
14 Oct 2020
The rise in oversized items such as furniture and appliances purchased online has resulted in the need for reverse logistics processes to manage not only returns, but also resales and other disposal options.
14 Oct 2020
Austin-based software provider E2open, which caters to large global shippers and their logistics providers, is set to be pulled into a special purpose acquisition company, a new financial vehicle to expedite the process of taking companies public.
14 Oct 2020
A huge volume of imports from China that was concentrated mostly in Los Angeles and Long Beach produced a banner month for the Southern California port complex in September.
14 Oct 2020
Carriers are seeking equipment surcharges or premium service charges as Indian shippers scramble to secure outbound vessel space in a market that is seeing more exports than imports.
14 Oct 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a discussion with Freightgate CEO Martin Hubert who will discuss, among other things, why he considers dynamic routing the “holy grail” of international logistics technology capability.
13 Oct 2020
An analysis of shipper transaction data shows a marked slowing of spot market rate hikes in September after a turbulent summer, perhaps pumping the brakes on the rise of contract rates
13 Oct 2020
China Navigation Company creates Swire Projects to take advantage of an improving outlook for the project market and brings aboard three ex-Zeamarine executives.
13 Oct 2020
Volatility in the air freight market is translating into lower quote acceptance levels and growth in the spread between average quotes offered and those chosen by shippers, the spot procurement marketplace Cargobase said.
13 Oct 2020
The former head of SAL Heavy Lift’s marine projects will lead the chartering team at global forwarder DSV, which is handling global logistics for wind turbine manufacturer Vestas.
13 Oct 2020
The sustained recovery of demand across its major markets, combined with effective cost-cutting measures, have driven Maersk to once again ramp up its full-year guidance.
12 Oct 2020
This year’s peak season promises to be tumultuous, but 2021 could be just as difficult for shippers as 2020.
12 Oct 2020
Owing to California’s strict environmental requirements, as well as standards for the region outlined in the federal Clean Air Act, the ability of Los Angeles and Long Beach to expand their infrastructure and grow cargo volumes depends on achieving emissions-reduction goals.
12 Oct 2020
While the US small parcel market is dominated by FedEx and UPS, Amazon Logistics has emerged as a major last-mile player due to its rapidly increasing delivery capacity.
12 Oct 2020
Interest among carriers in smart containers and improved cargo visibility has grown in recent years, and now the pace is quickening as carriers show more willingness to listen to customer demands for improved service and visibility.
12 Oct 2020
CMA CGM appears to finally be on top of the cyber attack that took the carrier offline for two weeks and disrupted its global online network.
09 Oct 2020
Technology providers in the logistics industry are gearing their solutions around shippers’ need to think of product availability above freight visibility as demand and supply variability swing beyond normal patterns.
09 Oct 2020
Shippers are modifying their approach to truckload contracting, using more short-term “mini-bids” than ever before and turning to technology to improve a process that often breaks down when market prices swing quickly.
09 Oct 2020
Svend Andersen comes out of retirement to take a stake in the US-based carrier Intermarine and explore new trade possibilities in the Americas.
09 Oct 2020
The ongoing trend toward online shopping that accelerated due to COVID-19 lockdowns in the second quarter could be a death knell for thousands of retailers unable handle the growing e-commerce volume.
09 Oct 2020
The extreme volatility in demand on the two main east-west container shipping trades is severely testing containerized supply chains.
08 Oct 2020
As capacity tightens at the US-Mexico border, truckload carrier CFI is building a series of consolidation centers to expand its efforts to capture Mexico-bound less-than-truckload freight and provide shippers with more capacity.
08 Oct 2020
US retailers are stepping up their purchase orders and import projections for the rest of the year in order to avoid a repeat of the stock outages that occurred this summer.
08 Oct 2020
The number of freight marketplaces for international shippers and forwarders continues to expand with Canada-based Shipz now providing a platform for mid-market cargo owners and the forwarders that serve them.
08 Oct 2020
Cargo handling and delivery of import containers to truckers in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has been severely compromised by the three-month import surge from Asia that continues at a double-digit year-over-year clip.
08 Oct 2020
Less stringent lockdowns, for now, during COVID-19’s second wave mean stronger global trade, as renewables continue to be a bright spot for the multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector.
08 Oct 2020
While factors like large-scale sailing cancelations and the failure of shippers to return containers in a timely fashion have contributed to India’s equipment imbalance, a steady deceleration in imports is seen as the primary cause of the current problem.
07 Oct 2020
Logistics executives do not expect spot truckload rates to soar much higher, but they do not think they will drop either, forcing shippers to collaborate more.
07 Oct 2020
Although the growth in US imports decelerated slightly in September from August, the double-digit, year-over-year monthly increase indicates there is still strong momentum for the coming months.
07 Oct 2020
The FMC will look into whether ocean carriers are incorrectly holding truckers, third-party logistics, and freight forwarders responsible for penalties that should be paid by the shipper.
07 Oct 2020
As Toepfer’s Multipurpose Index shows signs of modest recovery, SAL’s purchase of Intermarine has the potential to leverage shipping synergies.
07 Oct 2020
The pandemic-induced slowdown in global trade earlier in the year played a role in the marginal improvement in port efficiency since ports had to handle fewer boxes overall, but avoiding landside constraints also helped.