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.
12 Jun 2020
The demand outlook on the Asia–Europe trade remains deeply uncertain, but carriers continue to hold the line on pricing amid a high level of blank sailings and volume declines.
12 Jun 2020
The average capacity of container ships calling ports around the world, and the average amount of cargo exchanged per call, continued to grow in almost all regions in 2019.
12 Jun 2020
The Port of New York and New Jersey’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic went beyond just its physical footprint, working with neighboring states to ensure clear communication of essential service status to warehouses and distribution centers.
12 Jun 2020
Focusing on differentiated services will help container lines weather the unpredictable demand cycles of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, liner industry veteran Ron Widdows told JOC Uncharted.
11 Jun 2020
The latest economic and trade outlooks for Europe paint a gloomy picture for the year.
11 Jun 2020
William Doyle, who served two terms on the Federal Maritime Commission, has been named executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, taking charge of the Port of Baltimore amid terminal and intermodal improvements.
11 Jun 2020
Freighters and converted passenger craft are taking longer to unload than belly freight and some ground handlers are understaffed after furloughs and layoffs in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
11 Jun 2020
Logistics software acquisitions continue to occur amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest being Descartes’ $12 million deal to purchase UK-based online forwarding software provider Kontainers.
11 Jun 2020
The forwarder Flexport is edging toward a broader imprint on the shipping industry through the development of customizable interfaces for its customers and increased access to its systems for agent partners.
10 Jun 2020
ILWU’s monthly stop-work meeting to discuss union matters moved to June 19 day shift as West Coast longshoremen honor slain African-American George Floyd.
10 Jun 2020
Robert Voltmann is credited as driving the transformation of the Transportation Intermediaries Association from a financially weak group with little voice on Capitol Hill to a stable force with three times the membership and congressional influence.
10 Jun 2020
Despite the gradual reopening of the US economy, retail sales, which are the main driver of import volumes in the trans-Pacific, are forecast to decline 11.3 percent this year, according to IHS Markit.
10 Jun 2020
Business is slowly coming back, but safety concerns will force changes in ways carriers, shippers operate, Pitt Ohio CEO Chuck Hammel says.
10 Jun 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Ron Widdows, CEO of FlexiVan Leasing; Port of NY/NJ’s response to COVID-19; and analysis from IHS Markit’s Rahul Kapoor.
10 Jun 2020
The focus of IPI has been moving away from the US West Coast toward the East Coast and Western Canada. This has big implications for individual railroads, but also broader impacts regarding shorter length of haul and diminishing industry revenue per move.
10 Jun 2020
E2open customers will get access to free cargo visibility as the software company tries to combat the pull of standalone visibility providers.
09 Jun 2020
Intermodal is not seeing the same rebound in demand as trucking since the economic shutdown owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, and research firm FTR Associates does not believe containerized rail volume will fully recover to 2019 levels until sometime in 2021.
09 Jun 2020
Double-digit decline in US imports from Asia in May continues what is expected to be a second consecutive year of negative container volumes in the eastbound trans-Pacific.
09 Jun 2020
US businesses are rushing to develop a clearer picture of customer demand and freight capacity as they move beyond the early stages of reopening stores and factories.
09 Jun 2020
Air cargo prices have begun to decline from the mid-May highs, but with the withdrawn passenger belly freight unlikely to make a rapid comeback, rates will remain well above last year’s levels.
09 Jun 2020
Supply chain disruption from measures to limit the damage of the coronavirus can delay the collection or return of containers, but D&D charges vary widely across carriers and ports.
09 Jun 2020
Mexico’s exports in April dropped 41 percent year over year, the biggest one-month drop since the country’s 1986 fiscal crisis.
08 Jun 2020
Economists with American Trucking Associations believe the US economy will contract this year at the highest rate since 1946, and that although numbers will look much better in the second half of 2020, it will be another 12 months until markets return to pre-COVID pandemic levels.
08 Jun 2020
“The impact of COVID-19 at major US retail container ports appears to be easing slightly, with projected imports remaining below last year’s levels but not as much as previously forecast,” according to the National Retail Federation's latest Global Port Tracker report.
08 Jun 2020
The extensive blank sailings on major east-west trades are having an uneven impact on the major gateway ports of Europe and North America.
08 Jun 2020
Proponents of reducing the Waterfront Commission role have argued the commission oversteps its authority to combat crime on the docks and slows down hiring.
08 Jun 2020
An unexpected surge in imports in late May, which caused cargo rolling at Asian ports and a spike in spot rates, is spawning tension between forwarders and carriers in the eastbound trans-Pacific.
05 Jun 2020
COVID-19 lockdowns are weighing on global container shipping demand, and CMA CGM has joined other major carriers in expressing gloomy expectations for the second quarter.
05 Jun 2020
The US trucking sector added back a small portion of the jobs lost during March and April as businesses reopened, a sign that shipper demand for trucking services may be on the road to recovering from the COVID-19 recession.
05 Jun 2020
Europe’s rail freight industry is hoping to hold on to improvements made in reliability on a passenger-free network even as the easing of lockdowns bring back traveler movements that are afforded priority over cargo.
05 Jun 2020
Jeremy Nixon, CEO of Ocean Network Express (ONE), says he’s more optimistic of a rebound in trans-Pacific container volumes as Chinese factory production builds and some importing sectors such as retailers bringing in summer items begin restocking inventories.
05 Jun 2020
Indian shippers argue they shouldn’t be subjected to port storage charges when factors beyond their control have prevented the timely pickup of containers or return of equipment.
04 Jun 2020
MPV/HL carrier AAL’s Asia–Europe service, which has filled a vacuum created by the demise of Zeamarine, is seeing relatively strong demand despite a pandemic-hampered market.
04 Jun 2020
Werner is the latest broker to use software from Trucker Tools to tap into the app provider’s reach into the North American small carrier and independent driver population.
04 Jun 2020
More venture capital is being funneled toward logistics automation tools, this time a large early stage round in an Ireland-based software provider that build procurement bots for shippers.