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.
15 Apr 2020
Detention is a problem for truckers in the best of times. It’s worse amid the pandemic as shippers handle high volumes with fewer dock and warehouse workers available.
15 Apr 2020
Carriers are in a precarious financial position, facing a cash flow crisis amid weak volume and huge capacity cuts, and no clarity on when demand will return.
15 Apr 2020
J.B. Hunt Transport Services acknowledges a rough second quarter is ahead, while there’s much unknown about how severe the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on business conditions will be.
15 Apr 2020
MSC has pledged to remain vigilant to online threats following a server outage at its Geneva headquarters that restricted the availability of digital tools and bookings for five days.
15 Apr 2020
Logistics startups are facing a new reality in which funding rounds are likely to be smaller, recurring revenue expectations will be higher and valuations will be greater for subscription-based software than for digital brokers and forwarders.
14 Apr 2020
Although some hope for a strong restart for trucking within months, others believe a long, staggered recovery is more likely, thanks to layoffs and small business bankruptcies.
14 Apr 2020
US exporters are incurring fees and added logistics costs throughout their supply chains as carriers disrupt sailing schedules through numerous blank sailings.
14 Apr 2020
Toepfer's Multipurpose Index falls as COVID-19 effects hamper trade and plummeting oil prices shrink capital investments.
14 Apr 2020
There is no sign yet of falling demand for essential medical equipment that is behind the steep rise in air cargo rates, but the revenue-crushing loss of passenger traffic has airlines fighting for survival.
14 Apr 2020
Air freight forwarders are attempting to navigate the pandemic-driven economy, but the lack of business has resulted in sharp revenue declines and layoffs, and may cause widespread consolidation in the sector.
14 Apr 2020
The strong growth in US resin exports of the last two years could falter in 2020 as overseas production gets cheaper due to the fall in oil prices and demand weakens amid the global recessionary pressures from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
13 Apr 2020
The world's second biggest container line was slowing resolving a four-day server outage at its Geneva headquarters, a disruption that has affected online processes but not the flow of its customers cargo.
13 Apr 2020
Widespread business shutdowns will plunge third-party logistics providers and truck freight brokers into “trench warfare” over pricing, and contribute to bankruptcies that could threaten capacity.
13 Apr 2020
Blanked sailings announced by trans-Pacific carriers demonstrate the steep decline in consumer demand for summer and back-to-school merchandise, and raise a stark warning of a possible peak-season bust later this summer.
13 Apr 2020
The ports of Houston, Mobile, and New Orleans will likely find the strong growth they enjoyed in 2019 difficult to replicate this year as US ports confront the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on supply chains.
13 Apr 2020
Even in a situation as bad as the COVID-19 lockdown, there may be opportunity for domestic intermodal if the US Class I railroads can seize it — as they did following the Great Recession.
13 Apr 2020
Under Indian government directives, terminal stakeholders have stepped up gate activity in recent days in order to avert widespread congestion developing.
10 Apr 2020
Officials at the Port of New York and New Jersey say they don’t expect port marine terminals and area warehouses to experience as much of a space crunch as they and other East Coast ports were anticipating as cargo from China increases over the coming weeks.
10 Apr 2020
It was a solid first quarter for Antwerp, but the production and supply chain disruption being caused by COVID-19 will be felt at the international hub in the second quarter.
10 Apr 2020
Meditteranean Shipping Co. did not disclose in a LinkedIn post whether the outage was due to a cyber attack, but industry watchers were quick to speculate Friday morning that this was the case.
10 Apr 2020
YRC Worldwide can breathe easier as its creditors waive restrictions on EBITDA, cash payments. An activist investor, however, wants to force change at the company.
10 Apr 2020
Breakbulk steel imports are expected to decline further this year after falling in 2019, as sinking demand for vehicles and other steel-based products adds to tariff woes.
09 Apr 2020
Intermodal volume last week was the weakest in a nearly a decade as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc on the railroads, which an industry analyst believes could cost Class I railroads $9 billion dollars.
09 Apr 2020
Freight and rates in the spot market are starting to fall after shooting up in March, as the shutdown of a large swathe of the US economy sidelines shipping.
09 Apr 2020
Carriers are answering shipper calls to slow down the import of containers that are filled with consumer goods that cannot be sold with non-essential retailers shuttered amid the pandemic lockdown.
09 Apr 2020
The head of the Pacific Maritime Association is instructing members to report all health incidents through an online portal after ILWU workers refused to enter Terminal 18 Monday, citing fear of coronavirus contamination.
09 Apr 2020
Already under severe pressure as coronavirus lockdowns sap global demand, oil prices fell to a 20-year low last week amid what may be the single most ill-timed game of production chicken in history.
08 Apr 2020
The expansion of the “Suspension of Transit” program highlights the rising demand from European and North American cargo owners to avoid demurrage fees as COVID-19 saps the need for non-essential goods.
08 Apr 2020
A global economy hammered by pandemic control measures and an oil price war is bad news for the MPV/HL sector, maritime consultancy Drewry reports.
08 Apr 2020
It is a matter of both national security and economic necessity that the flow of goods to end-markets is preserved. In turn, this requires identifying in detail the critical roles required for the transportation system to function.
08 Apr 2020
With much of the air freight capacity limited on routes to and from China, and more than 30 percent of the ocean capacity canceled, shippers are making greater use of rail services amid pandemic-related supply chain disruptions.
08 Apr 2020
Nothing highlights the need for freight visibility like a crisis, but is a crisis like the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) the right time for shippers to accelerate investments in such technology?
07 Apr 2020
Regional carrier A. Duie Pyle is cutting wages from the top and asking for volunteers to take temporary furloughs as COVID-19 ravages freight volumes in the Northeast.
07 Apr 2020
Even as undeliverable goods begin piling up at US ports, concern is emerging that the recovery from the economic effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be much longer and slower than initially predicted.
07 Apr 2020
US imports from Asia plunged in March, and analysts are projecting double-digit percentage declines in total import volumes through at least August.