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.
12 Nov 2019
Evergreen saw its profits slashed in the third quarter, barely managing to stay in the black despite an improvement in revenue.
12 Nov 2019
India’s JNPT, responding to feedback from exporters, has set up a scheduled intermodal rail service to connect export cargo from a key inland container depot in the state of Punjab.
12 Nov 2019
Through a partnership with the software provider BlueX Trade, the Taiwan-based container carrier will allow shippers and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) to book space digitally “within minutes,” the companies said Tuesday.
11 Nov 2019
While the imposition of tariffs on Chinese imports into the US has prompted some shippers to shift production to South Asia instead, the logistical and transportation shortcomings of the region are likely to limit growth in cargo headed for the United States.
11 Nov 2019
In the heart of what is supposed to be peak season, rail container traffic is not only much slower than a year ago, but also behind 2017 levels as well — and truck seems sluggish, too.
11 Nov 2019
The Indian government shows it is taking a long-term view in implementing regulatory reforms for supply chain logistics by agreeing to modify one controversial proposal.
11 Nov 2019
The man leading the decarbonization charge at Maersk abruptly leaves the company, days before the world’s largest carrier will release its third-quarter earnings.
11 Nov 2019
A shortage of truck drivers in Japan that is causing severe delays in cargo movements will become even more of a problem as next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo approach, stakeholders warn.
11 Nov 2019
Shippers in Bangladesh fear a cut in profit margins following a cyclone that temporarily closed Chittagong port, creating a queue of vessels that will take at least a week to clear.
08 Nov 2019
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union wants a retrial of a case that resulted in a $93 million jury award against the union for damages suffered by container operator ICTSI Oregon Inc., from a union slowdown in the Port of Oregon.
08 Nov 2019
A shift to time-based truckload rates will come, eventually, as electronic logging and detention disputes reshape supply chains, a TIA report finds.
08 Nov 2019
A single insolvency among smaller independent freight payment vendors can lead shippers to retreat to bank-backed service providers.
08 Nov 2019
The spot rate on Asia-North Europe has risen for three consecutive weeks, with expectations that demand could begin to improve later in November as cargo moves ahead of an early Chinese New Year.
08 Nov 2019
Inland container depot movement by train has steadily gained traction over the past three months at India’s JNPT in the wake of a more collaborative rail arrangement sealed between the port and terminal stakeholders.
08 Nov 2019
The shortage of slots for all-cargo flights cost Amsterdam Schiphol airport heavily in the first nine months of the year.
07 Nov 2019
Experts are warning that IMO 2020 could have a costly impact on shippers if they’re not careful about handling new — and potentially confusing — invoice lines related to low-sulfur fuel surcharges they’ll soon have to pay.
07 Nov 2019
JAXPORT received a $20 million grant from the USDOT, which will fund a portion of the $238 million cost of expanding the Blount Island terminal in Jacksonville as part of a long-term plan to drive more traffic and larger containerships to the port.
Blockchain paying off for DHL Forwarding-HPe invoice processing
07 Nov 2019
DHL Forwarding has been trialing a blockchain-based system of producing invoices for one-off non-contractual shipments with its customer Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
07 Nov 2019
Australia’s competition watchdog says terminal infrastructure charges have surged more than 60 percent in the past year, prompting shippers to press for government intervention.
07 Nov 2019
Unless the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports attract more cargo, they could wind up stuck with a hefty bill for the intermodal corridor’s bond debt, a report says.
06 Nov 2019
Carrier G2Ocean says it plans to double the project cargo portion of total revenues by 2023.
06 Nov 2019
The number of speeding violations handed to US truck drivers jumped 7.8 percent in 2018, but speeding has been a problem since long before that. Shippers need to help solve it.
06 Nov 2019
As expected, greater clarity is emerging around the low-sulfur surcharge and how it will apply to shippers in cost-per-container terms as carriers get ready to queue up at the pumps.
06 Nov 2019
A deal between India and Bangladesh is designed to open more inland waterway routes, furthering developing coastal trade.
06 Nov 2019
Carriers that do not have a significant number of their vessels equipped with scrubbers could be at a cost disadvantage as shipping prepares to comply with the IMO 2020 sulfur cap.
06 Nov 2019
The multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) market has endured a decade-long downturn, but with rates slowly climbing and project cargo shippers reporting healthy order books and backlogs, the sector could finally be turning a corner.
CargoSmart links shipment data, trade finance blockchains
06 Nov 2019
Shipment management software provider CargoSmart has tested a connection between a Hong Kong banking platform and shipment data provided by terminals and container lines to speed approval of trade finance processes and expand the range of shippers who can receive financing services.
Michelle Gaubert, director, CyberLogitec America: Top 3 Tech Trends LSPs Need To Watch
05 Nov 2019
Sponsored: Logistics service providers need to understand that cargo owners are expecting the visibility of Amazon packages for their freight, said Michelle Gaubert, director, CyberLogitec America.
05 Nov 2019
Over the course of two months this summer and fall, the JOC interviewed numerous industry stakeholders, economists, and other experts about the lasting impact the US-China trade war has had on supply chains that, in some cases, were decades in the making.
05 Nov 2019
A massive decline in China-bound shipments has been offset in part by increases to other Asian countries, but even that demand is beginning to wane, dragging total year-to-date US agricultural exports down for the first time in four years.
CargoSphere, now a part of the forwarding software provider WiseTech Global, has for years been chasing a way to more effectively pull ocean carrier rates electronically into its system.
05 Nov 2019
The freight rate management software provider has developed a uniform way for carriers to convey real-time rates to forwarders and NVOCCs using its rate-sharing platform, allowing for quicker and more accurate quoting to shippers.
05 Nov 2019
Moving a 238-metric ton transformer over the road from Houston to New Mexico requires meticulous planning, detailed route surveys, and the building of a massive transport trailer.
Challenge to ELD rule resurfaces at FMCSA
05 Nov 2019
Regulators are accepting comments on a petition to exempt small carriers from the ELD mandate, as the final compliance deadline for truck drivers and carriers approaches.
05 Nov 2019
The rail freight transit times from China to Europe are shortening as forwarders adjust service routes to avoid bottlenecks at major train transfer hubs.
05 Nov 2019
As spot intermodal rates begin to save shippers more money than earlier in 2019, shippers are seeing reduced savings on contract business.