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.
20 Jan 2020
Opponents of the European Commission’s plan to extend Europe’s liner shipping block exemption regulation for another four years have ratcheted up their challenge to the proposal.
17 Jan 2020
The US-China trade war slammed import volumes sufficiently enough in 2019 that imports from Asia experienced their first year-on-year drop since the 2009 global recession.
New services, auto growth to drive Mexican intermodal gains in 2020
17 Jan 2020
Despite Mexico’s sluggish economy, the intermodal sector could see benefits in 2020 from the expected implementation of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement and new rail services.
17 Jan 2020
Dedicated contract carriage, final-mile service, and a digital marketplace helped carry J.B. Hunt through a tough fourth-quarter intermodal and trucking market.
17 Jan 2020
Factories in China close for the lunar new year holidays that begin on Jan. 25, and the high spot rates enjoyed by carriers on the trade are beginning to fall.
17 Jan 2020
German super-heavy carrier SAL announces C-suite additions and a digitization push as the outlook for 2020 stabilizes.
17 Jan 2020
Maersk, tapping its reefer capabilities, has linked up with an Indian ag group on a pilot program designed to boost the carrier’s integrated strategy.
Court grants CTA preliminary injunction in California AB5 case
16 Jan 2020
US District Court Judge Roger Benitez ruled that AB5 is preempted by existing federal statutes, delivering a win for the California Trucking Association and dealing a blow to state lawmakers attempting to restructure the worker classification process for truck drivers.
16 Jan 2020
Any initiative to extend the marine terminal gate hours at the Port of New York and New Jersey would likely need to address the fact that many small and medium-sized warehouses that serve the port operate only during the day.
16 Jan 2020
Expect the sale or spin-off of some business to make XPO more a “pure-play” LTL trucking company — smaller, but more focused on US shippers and better positioned to increase shareholder value.
16 Jan 2020
The freight broker GlobalTranz is expanding its reach in the managed transportation services market with the acquisition of Cerasis, a broker that effectively acts as provider of transportation management software and often runs the software for its less-than-truckload, parcel, and final mile customers.
16 Jan 2020
Visibility solutions provider Arviem, which aims to help shippers leverage cargo data into trade finance products, is piloting a process to ease inventory financing burdens on shippers in and out of Austria.
16 Jan 2020
Touting it as a game-changing move, Indian Railways has opened consultations with stakeholders to introduce double-stack “dwarf container” train operations at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in a bid to better compete with over-the-road haulers.
CMA CGM unveils networking service for customers
16 Jan 2020
Importers and exporters shipping with CMA CGM are being offered a matchmaking service that will allow them to leverage the carrier’s global network in search of new markets.
15 Jan 2020
Shippers retain substantial pricing power despite a recent spike in truckload spot rates, which appear to be settling near recent highs that are still below year-ago levels.
15 Jan 2020
Ag exporters are pleased by Wednesday’s signing of the US-China “Phase One” trade agreement, but the immediate impact on export volumes in the westbound trans-Pacific is unknown because the deal lacks specific details on commodity codes and tariff levels, they say.
Port Tampa Bay looks to capitalize on direct Asia connections in 2020
15 Jan 2020
Port Tampa Bay believes 2020 will be a big year with an expansion of its container terminal, three weekly trans-Pacific vessel calls, and a major push to win cargo owners in the Interstate 4 corridor by selling the value of short hauls to maximize hours of service.
15 Jan 2020
After just over six months in the job, CEVA Logistics CEO Nicolas Sartini will leave the company and be replaced by an executive from parent CMA CGM.
15 Jan 2020
As transloading increases at US ports, RoadOne IntermodaLogistics is buying and building transload capacity, starting with Crown Transportation of Savannah, Georgia.
Return of scrubber-fitted ships to test carrier capacity plans
15 Jan 2020
The fleet-to-orderbook ratio is at its lowest in nearly a decade as carriers maintain a tight grip on capacity, aided by scrubber retrofitting and scrapping.
15 Jan 2020
Indian logistics player Allcargo has secured a $53 million investment from Blackstone that will be used to develop logistics parks in key consumption hubs across India.
14 Jan 2020
Shipper demand, lower modal boundaries, and changing procurement practices lead LTL technology provider SMC3 to add truckload functionality to its bidding software.
Winmore’s software update is focused around allowing 3PLs to coordinate internally more effectively to win business from shippers.
14 Jan 2020
Tender and bid management software provider Winmore is trying to amplify investments by 3PLs into customer relationship management-based tools by allowing them to assemble bids more quickly and measure the effectiveness of those bids.
14 Jan 2020
Mexican truckers, who say they are facing several state and municipal laws that burden them with fees and limit their movement, have persuaded the state of Jalisco to modify a law that required truckers to buy an annual permit to deliver cargo in Guadalajara.
14 Jan 2020
The congested hub airports in Europe are struggling with rapid growth in flight traffic and a slot allocation system that was devised a quarter of a century ago.
14 Jan 2020
The Indian government is looking for a new roadmap to boost underutilized infrastructure at major ports, including increasing private participation in cargo operations.
Flexport dominated maritime startup investment in 2019
14 Jan 2020
A roundup of investment into international logistics and maritime technology has found that, outside of a $1 billion investment into the forwarder Flexport, total venture funding into startups fell from 2018 to 2019.
14 Jan 2020
“Continuous” truck moves collaboratively arranged by networks of shippers and carriers are the goal of Transplace’s acquisition of Lanehub.
13 Jan 2020
Southern California judge delays decision by possibly two weeks in a key case that challenges the legality of truck driver classification bill known as AB5.
13 Jan 2020
Federal officials are seeking public input on how best to test the emissions output of future heavy duty trucks to ensure levels of nitrogen oxide in the air continue to drop, while maintaining efficiency in the cargo delivery fleet.
13 Jan 2020
After several years of piloting technology systems designed to reduce gate congestion, and marrying those systems with process improvements such as mandatory appointment systems, turn times in Los Angeles-Long Beach have reached near-record lows
13 Jan 2020
New Jersey truckers may find that the strategy California truckers have used to fight AB5 won’t work if a tough classification bill similar to the West Coast legislation passes in the state.
13 Jan 2020
The Panama Canal Authority is making operational changes so it can mitigate the effects of low water levels that have previously prevented fully-loaded, larger container ships from traversing the waterway.
13 Jan 2020
Customers and service providers of container shipping companies have again voiced their opposition to the European Commission’s decision to extend the carrier block exemption for another four years.