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

26 Feb 2021
Virginia’s shippers provide the port with information on their warehousing strategies that the port can use to allocate equipment and other resources, and at least 10 other shippers are slated to tap Virginia’s data feeds.
09 Sep 2020
When it comes to the Inland Point Intermodal market, it’s a 40-foot world; thus far in 2020, 40-foot containers comprise just over three out of every four IPI revenue moves.
09 Sep 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Bjorn Vang Jensen, former vice president of logistics at Electrolux.
08 Sep 2020
US import growth from Asia and China accelerated in August after a strong July, driven by e-commerce merchandise and PPE supplies.
08 Sep 2020
CEVA will use widely used forwarding software CargoWise to replace legacy systems across its global network of offices as it attempts to match new customer-facing digital capability with a more streamlined back-end system.
08 Sep 2020
Intense preparations are underway among logistics and air transport providers to ensure a coronavirus vaccine can be distributed around the world as soon as it is available.
08 Sep 2020
Uber Freight on Tuesday said it is providing large shippers with tools meant to complement their existing transportation management systems (TMSs), products that might signal an evolution from broker to software provider.
08 Sep 2020
Logistics software startup Terminal 49 is aiming to arm forwarders and other software providers with an API to more easily convey its container visibility data to shippers.
08 Sep 2020
Venture capital investors have come up with $4 million for TradeLanes, a software provider that helps exporters manage the logistics and compliance elements of trades to increase profit margin per shipment.
08 Sep 2020
Container volume on the Asia–Europe trade has been steadily improving since the COVID-19 lockdowns of April and May, and in July it finally moved into positive growth territory.
07 Sep 2020
Data shows that whether it is for e-commerce or inventory restocking, importers and their forwarders and carrier partners are favoring Southern California, and there’re plenty of reasons for Los Angeles-Long Beach to hold that oft-begrudging allure among e-tailers.
07 Sep 2020
Larger container ships calling Japanese ports has led carriers to alter port rotations to avoid vessels bunching together, with some box ships being forced to depart earlier than planned to prevent delays and congestion.
07 Sep 2020
Air cargo volume continues to narrow the gap with year over year levels, with rates rising at the end of August as both freight tonnage and capacity increased.
07 Sep 2020
The Port of Brownsville is "headed for a record year" in wind energy cargo, according to port officials, a development that is helping to offset the loss of volume related to three LNG export projects currently on hold owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
04 Sep 2020
A steady stream of extra-loader vessels in the trans-Pacific have failed to blunt the steady increase in spot rates.
04 Sep 2020
Walmart’s more stringent delivery requirements for suppliers comes ahead of the upcoming holiday season and coincides with the launch of WalMart Plus, its new competitor to Amazon Prime.
04 Sep 2020
For-hire trucking companies have added 52,200 jobs since the trucking market collapsed in April, but are still 36,600 jobs short of this year’s high point, adding to capacity problems.
04 Sep 2020
Container shortages in Asia are reaching a crisis level as carriers are desperate to secure sufficient equipment to satisfy US import needs for the upcoming peak shipping season.
04 Sep 2020
CMA CGM is “confident” moving into the third quarter as rising consumer demand keeps container ships full and rates elevated.
04 Sep 2020
Port Freeport, Texas, in August opened 20 newly paved acres for handling growing roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) cargo from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
04 Sep 2020
Liner shipping companies are reporting a shift from air to ocean as current market fundamentals force shippers of e-commerce products to seek alternatives.
04 Sep 2020
Wind energy cargoes imported through the Port of Lake Charles are driving a significant increase in overall breakbulk tonnage at the Louisiana port during the first seven months of 2020.
04 Sep 2020
What has changed such that the world’s largest container line, and the largest company in Denmark, is willing to bet its future not just on an unproven theory, but one that has been disproved time and time again over the course of containerization?
03 Sep 2020
The Port of Los Angeles Thursday unveiled a new dashboard that will give port customers and stakeholders shipment information three weeks in advance of vessel arrival.
03 Sep 2020
The flood of imports to Los Angeles and Long Beach this summer is squeezing truckload and LTL capacity on inland truck routes, more than doubling spot rates to Chicago, as intermodal capacity and e-commerce deadlines remain tight.
03 Sep 2020
The neighboring ports of Beaumont and Port Arthur in eastern Texas only suffered minor damage from the category 4 Hurricane Laura, but both have seen cargo volume decline in the first half of 2020 as the COVID-19 recession put pressure on oil pricing, prompting a pullback in oil and gas capital projects.
03 Sep 2020
While Bangladesh saw a huge jump in apparel exports last month, factories are seeing fewer orders from western buyers for September and October.
03 Sep 2020
Dominik Stehle, former CCO of now-bankrupt Zeamarine, joins UHL as the carrier solidifies its fleet and network.
02 Sep 2020
Surge of time-sensitive merchandise in Los Angeles and Long Beach, coupled with persistent operational problems, caused turn times to increase in August.
02 Sep 2020
Uptake in digital quoting tools at top container lines suggests every carrier will need that capability even if the usage and benefits of such tools aren’t yet clearly defined.
02 Sep 2020
Less-than-truckload shipments and tonnage at Saia in August were about where they were a year ago, when the carrier already was growing faster than its LTL competitors. That underscores broader LTL growth.
02 Sep 2020
Carriers have already delayed services calling at Busan and Japanese ports, including Tokyo, due to the typhoons, while also omitting some calls, including Yokohama.
02 Sep 2020
China’s largest shipping group plans to grow its integrated service network to match changing demand patterns as the global economy slowly rebuilds.
02 Sep 2020
While there has been a discernible shift in global sourcing patterns toward countries in Southeast Asia, India has yet to become a key beneficiary of that evolving migration, with the challenges tied to its ocean supply chains seen as a big barrier to larger trade aspirations.
01 Sep 2020
With trans-Pacific carriers having no blank sailings scheduled through September, US exporters anticipate there will be sufficient westbound capacity to ship their commodities to Asia.
01 Sep 2020
Retail inventories declined during the second quarter and are expected to continue falling into the third quarter.