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

04 Mar 2021
A group of 24 senators wrote to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in support of its investigation into accusations carriers have been denying export bookings, thereby injuring the US agricultural sector
06 Jan 2021
The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the US is being slowed not by transportation issues, but by “last-mile” inefficiencies in many states, especially a lack of personnel, funding, and necessary planning.
06 Jan 2021
Trans-Pacific air cargo rates maintained their upward track into the New Year, and even though prices fell slightly on the other east-west trades, global volume growth has continued.
06 Jan 2021
Marianne Rowden, the longtime public face of a key importer-exporter lobbying group, is stepping down at the end of March as e-commerce growth makes the interaction between shippers and the public sector all the more vital.
05 Jan 2021
FedEx and UPS capped parcel volumes and placed limits on equipment used for pickups amid the holiday rush, pushing shippers to seek other options.
05 Jan 2021
Frustrated shippers and forwarders want European competition authorities to take action against what they have labeled market distorting practices by container carriers.
05 Jan 2021
The international shipping sector can expect incremental progress on decarbonization to continue next year, but without widespread clarity on a way to reach long-term goals, 2021 may end up looking a lot like 2020.
05 Jan 2021
CEO Tom Schmitt says better pricing and targeted expansions beyond its air freight footprint will help Forward Air provide the shareholder value sought by activist investors.
05 Jan 2021
Shippers say that if carriers press for higher contract rates, they will demand service enhancements, which means less cargo rolling, improved container availability at Asian load ports, and much better schedule reliability.
04 Jan 2021
CMA CGM will launch a Yantian-to-Oakland premium service, which will be the only first-call inbound service from Asia to date for the Northern California port.
04 Jan 2021
Expecting a return to volume growth, the ports of Houston and New Orleans are dredging and enhancing terminals to allow calls from larger vessels, while Tampa Bay will add capacity through new truck gates and additional gantry cranes, among other projects.
04 Jan 2021
This would be the fourth attempt at an IPO from Zim since 2008, but the carrier will go to the market this time riding a wave of record profits for the company.
04 Jan 2021
Shippers on Asia-Europe ocean trades can expect elevated rate levels and limited vessel space well into the first quarter as demand and restocking fills all available capacity.
04 Jan 2021
Logistics managers that saw their organization's supply chains disrupted and transportation budgets blown out of the water in 2020 will be at the epicenter of make-or-break decisions in the coming year.
31 Dec 2020
Parcel volume growth driven by e-commerce is expected to continue accelerating in 2021, but with carriers focusing on the most profitable shipments, shippers are turning to regional carriers and "gig" delivery platforms.
31 Dec 2020
The alliance was born from discussions within the Korea Shipping Partnership, a coalition of 14 domestic carriers created in April 2017 following pressure from the South Korean government for carriers to improve their performance.
31 Dec 2020
With the massive surge in US imports from Asia in the second half of 2020 projected to continue well into 2021, year-over-year growth is likely to accelerate thanks to comparisons with a weaker first half of 2020.
31 Dec 2020
Vessel space in Asia is so tight that US importers are booking shipments three and four weeks out in order to get their containers on board.
31 Dec 2020
The containership orderbook remains very low by historical standards – presently at around 8 percent of the total fleet to be delivered over the next couple of years.
30 Dec 2020
An $89.5 million stock purchase at Forward Air aimed at increasing shareholder value should be a “wake-up call” for other less-than-truckload providers that likewise may not be as profitable as activist investors think they should be.
30 Dec 2020
Former SAL executive Justin Archard has departed the super-heavy-lift carrier and will be a founding partner with Hamburg-based One World Shipbrokers.
30 Dec 2020
Truckers are taking longer to get through terminals in Chicago because of the surge in cargo and changes in stacking containers with some railroads.
30 Dec 2020
Mirroring a government strategy to monetize stressed port assets, India’s JNPT will proceed with a long-contemplated plan to upgrade its main two-berth facility – the oldest in the harbor – through private participation.
30 Dec 2020
Migrating away from traditional spreadsheet-based freight procurement is becoming a priority for shippers as they move toward more frequent bids and seek to avoid data silos.
29 Dec 2020
The Port of Virginia’s new CEO will start his job Jan. 19 and immediately have a host of short- and long-term projects to oversee to position the port as a top East Coast gateway.
29 Dec 2020
Third-party logistics provider GlobalTranz saw a strong increase in demand for managed transportation service in 2020 and expects the outsourcing trend to continue as supply chain disruption spills into 2021.
29 Dec 2020
The backdrop to the Maersk statement is how the supply chain meltdown has reverberated politically in the US and the potential for where it could lead next.
29 Dec 2020
Technology provider Turvo has attempted to redefine what a transportation management system is since it emerged in 2017, and now it’s targeting big shippers and logistics providers dealing with multiple systems.
29 Dec 2020
Airlines are beginning to extend the validity of rates offered on some major trades after cutting price and space guarantees to one week or even less when passenger fleets were first grounded at the end of the first quarter of 2020.
28 Dec 2020
The as-yet-unfulfilled promise of expedited cargo clearance for shippers under US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trade facilitation programs may soon come at a cost of compulsory self-regulation
28 Dec 2020
Carriers say they are addressing supply chain problems over which they have control in order to relieve congestion at major load center ports.
28 Dec 2020
Breakbulk and project logistics providers are adapting to a market in which the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a shift away from traditional oil and gas projects and toward more carbon-neutral energy sources and related industries.
28 Dec 2020
“K” Line said favorable market conditions in the liner shipping business operated by Ocean Network Express has significantly exceeded assumptions made in its previous forecast in November
28 Dec 2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic completely upended prior expectations for 2020, it also accelerated existing trends that every shipper, carrier, and third-party logistics provider should be watching in 2021.
24 Dec 2020
A logistics technology provider for US importers is taking a counterintuitive approach to driving adoption of software by making its system function similarly to Microsoft Excel while gradually driving customized modernization in the background.
24 Dec 2020
Congestion issues in Los Angeles and Long Beach have been so severe during the past six months that the US Federal Maritime Commission has opened a formal investigation into carrier practices the commission believes are contributing to the problems.