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

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.
30 Jan 2020
The Port of Montreal is looking for a new CEO and president after Sylvie Vachon announced she will retire after 30 years, the last 11 years leading the port, as cargo volumes -- especially Asian cargo -- grew.
30 Jan 2020
Shippers, as much as carriers, are driving toward electronic or digital bills of lading, as the need for speed and more responsive, detailed customer service increases.
Hamburg widens Elbe ‘passing box’ to boost mega-ship access
30 Jan 2020
It has taken many years, but tangible progress is finally being made in the engineering works to widen and deepen the Port of Hamburg’s key access waterway.
30 Jan 2020
Container shipping analysts say contract and spot rates are following seasonal patterns that do not reflect the added costs that come with IMO 2020 compliance.
30 Jan 2020
Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in southern Malaysia has begun using Portchain’s software to automate and optimize berth planning operations.
29 Jan 2020
Wind turbine maker Vestas, citing the growing complexities of moving special project cargo, has linked with DSV Panalpina in an attempt to “scale [its] business efficiently.”
29 Jan 2020
Advancing the project to widen its shipping channel is the top priority for the Port of Houston in 2020 as it faces rapidly growing cargo volumes.
29 Jan 2020
The forwarding software providers say they’re integrating SimpliShip’s freight rate management product with Qwyk’s vessel schedule, visibility, and booking tools to create an “out of the box” TMS.
Sartini takes over CMA CGM terminal role
29 Jan 2020
CMA CGM has made some senior leadership changes as part of a group restructuring.
29 Jan 2020
Measures being applied to limit the spread of the coronavirus have led to several global carriers making significant cuts to their China flight schedules.
29 Jan 2020
Railroads and intermodal providers say there will be more volume in 2020 than last year, although shipper demand will not fully recover until the second half of this year.
29 Jan 2020
JDA caters to some of the world’s largest importers and exporters, but the challenge it faces, like many incumbent software providers, is staying ahead the innovation curve and making sure the market recognizes that innovation.
NYSHEX volume tripled, membership doubled in 2019
29 Jan 2020
New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) said 96.4 percent of contracts last year were fulfilled, meaning that carriers accepted the cargo for the sailing it was booked for and cargo owners and non-vessel operating common carriers delivered the containers they contracted.
29 Jan 2020
Officials say the funding will help complete the Oregon river port’s partially finished breakbulk terminal and expedite project cargoes for two ambitious wind energy projects in the state.
28 Jan 2020
Wind developer Ørsted and the Virginia Port Authority will develop an offshore wind terminal at Portsmouth, enabling Ørsted to service planned projects throughout the Northeast.
28 Jan 2020
Truck volumes have flattened, not collapsed, a trucking analyst tells SMC3’s Jumpstart 2020 Conference. Truck capacity hit its peak in Q4 2019, and is expected to contract this year.
28 Jan 2020
Mexico’s economy will stagnate this year after experiencing a technical recession in 2019 that saw GDP decline in the first three quarters, but the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is expected to provide a much-needed boost.
UP to resume service on nearly 60 lanes it cut in 2018
28 Jan 2020
Union Pacific Railroad will resume service on nearly 60 previously eliminated lanes beginning Feb. 1, a move it linked to its precision scheduled railroading operation, but others said was designed to win back lost market share.
28 Jan 2020
The use of low-sulfur fuel and LNG in shipping have come under fire from groups in Europe alleging that harmful emissions from certain low-sulfur blends and methane could be harmful to the environment.
28 Jan 2020
US ports are expanding their ro-ro capacity as they look for a competitive edge, betting on growth despite tariff threats.
28 Jan 2020
The bottom of the current slump in US freight demand is approaching, but new threats, including the China coronavirus, are emerging, speakers at the SMC3 Jumpstart 2020 conference warned.
28 Jan 2020
A London-based logistics process automation software provider has landed $7 million in funding to fuel growth of its platform, which is designed to help forwarders unearth data lodged in emails and disparate systems.
28 Jan 2020
The group pushing process and data standards in the container shipping industry has released a new set governing the tracking and tracing of container shipments across systems and carriers.
Bolloré picks Asia veteran to lead Americas region
27 Jan 2020
Bolloré Logistics has picked the COO of its Asia-Pacific operation to head the company’s Americas business, which covers 45 offices in eight countries, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
27 Jan 2020
Some US ports handling “high and heavy” equipment reported seeing minimal impact from the US-China trade war last year, while others said they had been considerably affected.
27 Jan 2020
FlexiVan Leasing has announced a merger with American Intermodal Management, growing its US chassis pool by 12,500 units to 137,500 and acquiring new equipment.
27 Jan 2020
Despite stiff truck competition, East Coast ports have taken aggressive steps to capture more intermodal cargo and spend significant capital to build out rail infrastructure.
Container lines call Indian terminal pricing regulation a ‘trade disruptor’
27 Jan 2020
Carriers are pushing back against the latest move by Indian regulators to streamline logistics costs, saying it will result in inefficiencies and delays in trade flows.
27 Jan 2020
The true success of carriers’ attempts to recover low-sulfur fuel costs via bunker surcharges may only be evident once the first-quarter financial results are released, but so far it is not looking good.
26 Jan 2020
La economía de México se estancará este año después de experimentar una recesión técnica en 2019 que resultó en una disminución del PIB en los primeros tres trimestres, pero se espera que el Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC) proporcione un impulso muy necesario.
24 Jan 2020
An increase in housing permits and starts will help rebuild US truck volumes this spring, putting increased demand on truck capacity and spot pricing, according to Bobby Holland, vice president and director of freight data solutions at US Bank.
Lunar New Year calm sets path for less volatile trans-Pacific
24 Jan 2020
This week before the beginning of Lunar Lunar was marked by scattered rolled cargo in Asia and flat spot rates in eastbound Pacific, indicating that the normal pre-New Year surge of imports did not happen.
24 Jan 2020
Carriers’ growing experience in reducing short-term capacity without having to resort to more disruptive actions like eliminating full services is a profound change in the market that will help the carriers absorb blows that in the past would wipe away profits like a dustrag.
Mexican port volumes in 2019 lowest in six years on slowing economy
24 Jan 2020
The combination of Mexico’s economic woes and weakness among key trading partners pulled down the volume of cargo moving through Mexican ports in 2019, the first year volumes have fallen since 2013.
OOCL has reported a good first year under the ownership of Cosco Shipping.
24 Jan 2020
The US-China trade war pulled down OOCL’s performance in the trans-Pacific, but volume and revenue growth in other trades kept its overall operational result in positive territory.