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

01 Jun 2020
The acquisition of FMIC from Chainalytics helps transform DAT Solutions into a broader freight intelligence business aimed at enabling shippers, brokers, and truckers to understand freight costs and pricing.
13 Oct 2017
Higher third-quarter operating costs at J.B. Hunt, especially costs related to drivers and empty trucks, show why US shippers should be concerned about truck and intermodal pricing.
13 Oct 2017
During the last two decades, Georgia has encouraged development of import distribution centers that have attracted all-water services from Asia and made Savannah the second-largest US East Coast container port.
12 Oct 2017
The pool is the latest sign of the strong demand for chassis with radial tires and LED lights.
10 Oct 2017
The service also gives US importers a new option.
09 Oct 2017
One of the so-called “truths” of the intermodal era is the inevitability of the transition to container, fueled by the “2 for 1” economics of double-stack.
06 Oct 2017
RZD hopes the reductions will make rail more attractive to shippers who overwhelmingly rely on trucking despite its higher costs.
06 Oct 2017
Sponsored: Johannes Nanninga, CEO of Guangzhou Port (Europe) BV, on trends in China, including growth of imports and manufacturing moving farther inland and west. 
03 Oct 2017
The chaos caused by the shutting down of a key European rail transport corridor had a financial impact, and freight associations are calling for immediate compensation.
03 Oct 2017
Shippers will have to dig harder to access new capacity as peak shipping season heats up.
29 Sep 2017
“This is one of the highest periods of turbulence and volatility in supply we have ever experienced, and we don’t think it will abate any time soon,” John Roberts, president and CEO, and Shelly Simpson, chief commercial officer, said.
28 Sep 2017
Rapid fulfillment and replenishment cycles are driving visibility, but shippers need to extend visibility even further.
28 Sep 2017
Shipping documents contain valuable information that BCOs can use for planning purposes if the information is digitized.
27 Sep 2017
US exporters and importers from the East Coast perhaps will drive rail and trans-Atlantic transport combinations that can offer better reliability than ocean routes to and from Central China.
22 Sep 2017
Longer dwell times at terminals, slower trains, and an unresponsive customer service department are still roiling supply chains for CSX shippers.
22 Sep 2017
As railroads decide to automate their intermodal transfer facilities, they will face challenges similar to what marine terminal operators have had to contend with.
21 Sep 2017
Terminal operator DP World is nearing completion on a $200 million upgrade to its Fairview Container Terminal at Prince Rupert, but remaining construction to landside infrastructure has roiled port productivity.
21 Sep 2017
The economic aftershock from hurricanes Harvey and Irma is affecting freight flows and transportation pricing across North America.
19 Sep 2017
The Port of Virginia is tapping into the growing Midwest market.
19 Sep 2017
“What we have seen this first half of this year is a massive reefer container shortage.”
19 Sep 2017
“Today the challenge is not the technology.”
18 Sep 2017
Textile shippers have welcomed the service.
16 Sep 2017
The prospects for intermodal are strong, but there are a series of “known unknowns.”    
15 Sep 2017
West Coast ports compete harder for intermodal cargo, but rail pricing may be the key determiner.
15 Sep 2017
Call it an "obsession." Amazon's dedication to fulfilling customer expectations is turning a wheel of logistics growth that is not likely to stop.
15 Sep 2017
The sudden closure of the Rhine Valley Alpine rail track in southwest Germany could not have come at a worse time for Europe’s rail freight industry.
14 Sep 2017
Addition of 10-4 Systems to division offering carrier technologies promises greater blending of services across supply chains.
14 Sep 2017
Shippers will greet news that the key European rail corridor will open five days early with some relief, but they will still have to struggle for alternatives until early October.
14 Sep 2017
The China-Europe rail route is gaining in popularity among shippers, but even with its rapid growth, the weekly capacity overland is just 2 percent of that offered by ocean.
13 Sep 2017
Primary rail providers have said they are metering cargo even for routes that are operating normally.
13 Sep 2017
Two of the world’s largest shipping container operators now contribute information to the database, which has more than 1,000 users.
13 Sep 2017
Motor carriers and their shipper customers have been footing the bill.
12 Sep 2017
“Today only between 2 and 3 percent of throughput at the port of Santos goes via rail.”
11 Sep 2017
With energy prices low and the dollar high, total intermodal volumes improved 4.5 percent in the second quarter.
07 Sep 2017
Ports from Miami to Charleston now lie in the Category 5 storm’s projected path.