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

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.
24 Mar 2020
Tightness in air cargo capacity is unlikely to ease as the global spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increases demand for medical supplies and perishables.
24 Mar 2020
The lessons learned from logistics managers, carriers, shippers, and high-technology companies — such as inventory backstops and redundancy in the network — will create the groundwork of a new way of approaching mitigating sourcing risk.
24 Mar 2020
Confirmation of PIL's debt woes follow weeks of speculation about the world's 10th- largest container line, which since mid-February has pulled out of the trans-Pacific trade, sold six 11,923-TEU container ships, and divested ts South Pacific subsidiary, Pacific Direct Line.
24 Mar 2020
TPM20 may have been canceled because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, but JOC.com is presenting some of the major sessions from the TPM20 program in a series of half-day webcasts available for anyone.
23 Mar 2020
Global car and roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) carrier Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group is laying up ships and sending others to the scrap yard to preserve cash and liquidity as the spread of coronavirus causes automotive production to shut down worldwide.
23 Mar 2020
The Port of New Orleans will use the funds to improve the efficiency of the internal New Orleans Public Belt Railroad by increasing its capacity to switch, interchange, and store rail cars.
23 Mar 2020
A significant number of truck drivers serving India’s major public port have not been reporting to work in recent days because of fears over the coronavirus outbreak and related government restrictions.
23 Mar 2020
Demand for container shipping depends on the return of consumer spending in North America and the European Union, but most businesses in those regions are shut and consumers are holed up inside their homes
23 Mar 2020
Growth in trade between the United States and Europe decelerated only slightly in 2019, even as antagonism over tariffs, taxes, and subsidies on both sides of the Atlantic deepened.
23 Mar 2020
The Exporter’s Competitive Maritime Council (ECMC) newest committee will focus on safety in project transport logistics and on project sites.
21 Mar 2020
Judge Michael H. Simon will contact the ILWU and ICTSI about setting up a new trial to determine the amount of the award.
20 Mar 2020
Workers at ports, warehouses, and trucking companies are receiving exemptions from state “stay-at-home” mandates because they are judged as essential to the US supply chain.
20 Mar 2020
Despite the expected decline in throughput due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the South Carolina Ports Authority says work shifts and hours will not be reduced, nor will restrictions be imposed on empty returns.
20 Mar 2020
Non-vessel operating common carriers say the small drop in trans-Pacific eastbound spot rates is a temporary blip.
20 Mar 2020
Spot truck rates are up about 5 percent since the end of February on demand for consumer staples, even as the US economy slows. Pricing may still be elevated when Chinese imports hit US ports and produce season puts the screws to US trucking capacity.
20 Mar 2020
A preliminary assessment by the Port of Montreal predicts cargo volumes could fall as much as 13 percent in 2020, in a sign of how the Chinese slowdown continues to disrupt supply chains even as ports prepare for a drop in cargo due to Europe’s economic slump.
20 Mar 2020
The world’s container lines face an uncertain 2020 with the coronavirus impact on demand still to be felt as the major markets of Europe and the US struggle to contain the spread of the disease.
19 Mar 2020
DHL Global Forwarding on Thursday warned customers of a potential inability to fulfill its ocean and air freight contracts, echoing warnings from other forwarders that spoke with JOC.com.
19 Mar 2020
The 10-year US economic expansion is over, killed by the response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019), and the recovery will be slow, IHS Markit chief economist Nariman Behravesh warns.
19 Mar 2020
The 23-hour shutdown of two Houston container terminals spotlighted a potential new risk of disruption for all ports as they already face the possibility of coronavirus-related supply chain disruptions such as blank sailings, an excess of containers, and cargo surges.
19 Mar 2020
Global oil prices have crashed in recent weeks, driven lower by a dramatic drop in demand due to COVID-19 and the collapse of a crude production alliance between OPEC and Russia.
19 Mar 2020
While truck activity is rampant for essential goods, US fashion footwear freight movement is slowing to a halt as department stores shut down, according to supply chain executives.
19 Mar 2020
“The industry is much better prepared,” to ride out the impact from COVID-19. There’s little risk of bankruptcy or major merger and acquisition activity this year, said Rahul Kapoor, head of research and analytics, maritime and trade at IHS Markit.
19 Mar 2020
A trio of prominent logistics technology CEOs told shippers that navigating the coronavirus crisis comes down to decentralizing inventory and avoiding investment in fixed assets.
19 Mar 2020
The response to the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is dominating business at FedEx, as global air and domestic ground supply needs swing and the firm looks to prioritize test kits and relief supplies.
19 Mar 2020
Visibility software is helping truckers navigate around the extensive traffic jams building at key crossings in Europe as borders close to non-essential travel in the battle against the coronavirus.
19 Mar 2020
FedEx expands use of its US ground unit to deliver more air express packages, as e-commerce volumes swell and Amazon ups the competitive ante.
19 Mar 2020
A reprimand from Indian officials comes after the Container Shipping Lines Association urged local appeals courts to challenge a customs ruling permitting shippers to pay terminal handling charges directly to terminal operators.
19 Mar 2020
Shipping and logistics executives said Tokyo is seeing healthy freight volumes partly due to a cargo rush ahead of the end of Japan’s fiscal year and a rise in shipments ahead of the Tokyo Olympics that are due to start July 24.
18 Mar 2020
Cosco Shipping is adding a route linking the US Gulf Coast with Brazil and other parts of South America, despite data showing trade growth between the US and Latin America slowed last year.
18 Mar 2020
The dearth of Asia volumes will give way to surges hitting North American and European ports that may be short-lived as recessionary conditions dampen demand.
18 Mar 2020
Forwarders facing the task of continuing operations while under work-from-home mandates are getting a boost from software providers offering free versions of their products to help companies cope with the new distributed environment.
18 Mar 2020
It comes as no surprise that carriers will be hit hard by falling demand and deteriorating earnings this year, but the scale of the expected impact will raise concerns.
18 Mar 2020
Truck capacity is being tightened in drive-thru-sized bites as restaurant and rest stop closings delay drivers.
18 Mar 2020
Ports in Europe are concerned that closing borders across the continent to stop the movement of people will have a knock-on effect on the free flow of cargo essential to logistics networks.