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

13 Jul 2020
Roughly 90 percent of carriers in the highly fragmented US drayage sector generate less than $4 million in annual revenue, and these smaller providers could be at risk of bankruptcy due to skyrocketing insurance premiums.
13 Jul 2020
US land-based heavy transport has largely been able continue during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to its designation as an essential service, but like other members of the project supply chain, the sector could see waning demand as the oil and gas industry pulls back on capital expenditures.
13 Jul 2020
Multi-billion-dollar impairments recently announced by oil majors like Shell and BP provide a glimpse of the potentially seismic changes taking place in the global energy market, a critical source of project cargo.
10 Jul 2020
A new waterborne service has debuted between Chittagong and Kolkata, saving time and money for shippers.
10 Jul 2020
Adani Group has pulled the plug on a $39.4 million deal it unveiled in December to acquire a controlling stake in India domestic cold chain logistics leader Snowman Logistics Ltd.
10 Jul 2020
Cosco Shipping's partnership with Alibaba and the group’s finance arm Ant Financial, which will primarily focus on using blockchain to track containerized goods globally, fits into China’s larger goal of creating a digital silk road threading through its Belt and Road initiative.
10 Jul 2020
With COVID-19 flare-ups endangering reopenings across the country, the road to recovery for US shippers and transportation providers will likely look more like a mountain switchback than a sharp incline.
10 Jul 2020
Banyan Technology believes pricing intelligence tools will give less-than-truckload carriers more profits and shippers more savings, changing relationships and contracting.
10 Jul 2020
Better operations and economics may help to retain or even regain some of the freight that the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex has lost to sourcing shifts, but some cargo can’t be won back.
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.
09 Jul 2020
US Payroll Protection Program loans, once forgiven, will give small trucking outfits a chance to invest in much-needed technology, a tax and accounting advisory firm says.
09 Jul 2020
An appellate court has denied the commission’s request for a rehearing of an earlier decision that would shift responsibility for background checks and criminal investigations at the largest US East Coast port to New Jersey state police.
09 Jul 2020
Escalating losses from weak demand and an uncertain — and uneven — recovery are pushing European trucking companies to the edge, a new report shows.
09 Jul 2020
Uber Freight has expanded its network of transportation management system integrations by piping its instantly available capacity into the Blue Yonder freight execution system.
09 Jul 2020
For so-called black swan events such as COVID-19, there’s little chance that logistics managers will have had the foresight to have a traditional plan ready for a pandemic or disruption caused by an unexpected natural disaster.
08 Jul 2020
Despite a slightly improved forecast for US imports, retailers are being conservative in their purchase orders with Asian factories, pointing to a dismal peak shipping season compared to recent years.
08 Jul 2020
London-based digital cargo insurer Loadsure partners with Chicago-based Transship to more fully automate refrigerated containerized exports.
08 Jul 2020
A machine learning software provider is tackling the problem forwarders and customs brokers face in converting the information within core shipping documents into usable data.
08 Jul 2020
Jaxport’s $484 million project, due to be complete in 2023, will provide a wider vessel turning basin and the ability to handle two post-Panamax vessels simultaneously in SSA’s Blount Island Terminal.
08 Jul 2020
Container lines can either keep up the capacity discipline they showed in the first half and be on track to end the year with $9 billion in profit, or lose $7 billion if they can’t, according to SeaIntelligence Maritime Consulting.
08 Jul 2020
Easing the height limit under Hong Kong’s Tsing Ma bridge ends a six-year campaign by the Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association. The structure spans the main shipping channel between Hong Kong’s Kwai Chung container port and the Shekou and Chiwan container terminals in western Shenzhen.
08 Jul 2020
Antwerp shrugged off the demand-cutting impact of Europe’s COVID-19 lockdowns, reporting a small, though unexpected, gain in first-half volumes.
08 Jul 2020
This week’s episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Thomas Boye Dyregaard, A.P. Moller-Maersk’s head of crisis management.
07 Jul 2020
A large chunk of the US trucking sector is riding on Payroll Protection Program loans, which likely averted a capacity crunch in June and may still be shielding shippers this fall.
07 Jul 2020
Intermodal shippers are increasingly putting pressure on 3PLs to waive container fees as a precondition for business amid the coronavirus-linked recession.
07 Jul 2020
A founder with lineage in the freight optimization space has started a new technology provider to help trucking companies better account for unknown variables in their network planning.
07 Jul 2020
Shipping’s long-running campaign to remain outside the European emissions trading system and continue to self-regulate through the IMO has ended.
07 Jul 2020
Olaf Merk, one of the world’s leading container shipping critics, has spelled out his view of an industry that he says is unfairly advantaged by favorable regulations.
07 Jul 2020
The Digital Container Shipping Association is targeting standard vessel schedule publishing to allow ports and cargo interests to get more real-time arrival and departure data.
06 Jul 2020
Shippers are rethinking both long-term and short-term truckload contracting and pricing strategies as freight levels rise from spring’s recessionary lows.
06 Jul 2020
The move, bringing an end to APL’s 170-year legacy as a commercial trans-Pacific carrier, is part of the Marseille-based shipping group’s broader effort to clarify its offering to customers since a series of major acquisitions.
06 Jul 2020
Freight forwarders say they have reduced payment deadlines to 30 days, with some firms only accepting up-front payment for new shipper customers even if they pass credit checks.
06 Jul 2020
Maersk has made another landside acquisition as part of its transformation strategy aimed at controlling more of the end-to-end container supply chain.
06 Jul 2020
The pandemic has shown how adaptable carriers’ land-based employees are in a time of crisis, but switching a large part of the operation to home offices almost immediately also means the underlying systems are getting closer to automation.
03 Jul 2020
Forwarders tell JOC.com that with GRIs, peak-season surcharges (PSSs) and bunker-fuel adjustments all taking effect this week, freight rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific vary from shipper to shipper.
03 Jul 2020
There were encouraging signs for air cargo in June, but uncertainty over demand patterns and available capacity is clouding the industry outlook through the summer.