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.
07 Feb 2020
Just-in-time inventory pressures are creating more less-than-truckload shipments, giving Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railway an opportunity to accelerate their domestic intermodal volume growth.
07 Feb 2020
DSV Panalpina enters its “year of integration” in good financial shape, and aims to build on volume and revenue growth.
07 Feb 2020
Sponsored: CenterPoint Properties' Matt Mullarkey on Chicago as an inland distribution hub, congestion challenges, sustainability in real estate, and the continued evolution of the e-commerce impact.
07 Feb 2020
JOC Associate Editor Ari Ashe gives a preview of the TPM20 panel (2 March) on California bill AB5. For the full agenda visit: www.joc-tpm.com/agenda
07 Feb 2020
Close on the heels of setting up a direct payment mechanism for terminal handling charges that beneficial cargo owners have traditionally paid through container lines, Indian officials have now begun a review into off-dock charges.
07 Feb 2020
A federal bill similar to legislation in California and New Jersey that makes it tougher for workers to prove they are independent contractors received the backing of the US House of Representatives Thursday.
06 Feb 2020
There are no positives to be found in the Intermodal Association of North America’s latest market report, which shows year-over-year volume fell 7.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 4.1 percent for the full year, with declines in all types of containers.
06 Feb 2020
Despite trucking companies and brokers saying capacity is “rightsizing,” spot rates have not increased in tandem with volume and shippers could secure contract rate reductions for 2020.
06 Feb 2020
The price of low-sulfur fuel has fallen sharply off its January highs, but the monthly review period that governs bunker adjustment factor mechanisms means surcharges are going up.
06 Feb 2020
Citing ever-increasing vessel sizes and a desire to not lose future business to private ports, the Indian government will move ahead with the development of a deep-water container port about 120 miles north of its primary gateway Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
06 Feb 2020
It's still too early to determine the eventual impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus on global trade, but an extended shutdown of factories and transit lines to and from manufacturing centers in China could have major downstream implications for ocean carriers.
06 Feb 2020
The air cargo business has just reported its worst performance in a decade, and now hopes for a possible recovery in 2020 are in doubt due to China’s coronavirus outbreak.
05 Feb 2020
Maersk will blank six sailings this month due to the coronavirus, and said while the backlog of barge operations from Wuhan was easing, it was working with reefer shippers to mitigate port plug-in power capabilities.
05 Feb 2020
Mexico’s large fleet of small trucking companies is able to more easily access large shippers through a digital matchmaking platform, Sendengo, say company officials.
05 Feb 2020
Major carriers, including Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Hapag-Lloyd, last week announced a GRI of $400 per TEU and $500 per FEU for all types of cargo moving on the westbound Indian trade to the US and Canada, effective March 1.
05 Feb 2020
Amid weak intermodal volumes in 2019, the JOC Domestic Intermodal Savings Index shows spot and contract savings are lower than historical averages, although the year closed stronger for shipper savings on the spot market.
05 Feb 2020
Singapore-headquartered ONE has reported its third consecutive profitable quarter, turning around a dismal first year of operation in 2018 and heading for a positive 2019 fiscal year.
Coronavirus to cost China ports 6 million TEU in Q1: analyst
05 Feb 2020
The first real estimate of the impact the coronavirus will have on China’s container supply chain has been made, and it is significant.
Flexport lays off 50 in organizational restructuring
04 Feb 2020
The heavily-funded forwarder told JOC.com Tuesday the layoffs are aimed at redirecting resources away from “over-invested” existing process areas into ones that “help us serve clients efficiently.”
04 Feb 2020
Two regional LTL carriers say their new partnership will help increase domestic traffic and set up “international inland” moves in a six-state West Coast network.
04 Feb 2020
More than a year and a half after establishing a 40-foot container rate index on 12 global trades, the Baltic Exchange has started offering its daily Freightos Baltic Index as a benchmark for freight buyers.
04 Feb 2020
Automating certain components of their transportation procurement and management processes can yield more accuracy in handling freight bills, according to Chris Stauber, chief product officer of transportation management software (TMS) provider Haven.
Savannah expands with 2030 goal of 9 million TEU
04 Feb 2020
The Georgia Ports Authority outlined an ambitious plan to grow its footprint that includes acquiring new land near its Garden City Terminal to hold more containers, a partial container conversion at its breakbulk Ocean Terminal, and a brand new container terminal.
04 Feb 2020
Bangladesh’s top port of Chittagong says shippers will have one week to move containers that have overstayed their free time in storage that is at 78 percent capacity.
04 Feb 2020
A rush to secure space on trains leaving China could be looming amid coronavirus-related disruptions to air and ocean schedules. Shippers have been advised to plan capacity early.
04 Feb 2020
Data shows that backhaul shippers are being partially subsidized by headhaul shippers; for the Pacific backhaul, that figure is roughly $1.6 billion annually.
04 Feb 2020
The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association says the economic impact -- cargo diversion -- of a proposed clean truck fee in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as contained in a recent study is based on incomplete information and the analysis should be reworked.
03 Feb 2020
Beneficial cargo owners are increasingly worried that disruptions in the manufacturing and logistics supply chains in China could worsen in the coming weeks due to the coronavirus. One shipper group has asked carriers to extend free time for container storage in the US.
03 Feb 2020
Traditionally, shippers have been responsible for receiving freight bills and ensuring those bills are accurate, but some are flipping that script through “self-invoicing.”
APM Terminals to launch NY-NJ appointment system
03 Feb 2020
APM Terminals Elizabeth has announced it will launch a reservation system in late February, becoming the second of the six terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey to operate an appointment system.
03 Feb 2020
Georgia is looking to recapture a good portion of the Chinese frozen chicken import market now that Beijing has dropped a ban that had been in place since early 2015 due to a US avian flu outbreak.
03 Feb 2020
In a lackluster market, ArcBest’s ABF Freight finds it necessary to judiciously mix truckload spot and traditional LTL freight, asset-based, and non-asset services.
03 Feb 2020
Australian shippers are breathing a sigh of relief, at least for now, after a court order was issued preventing longshore workers from striking against DP World Australia amid an ongoing 16-month contract dispute.
Shippers brace for blank sailings as container lines monitor coronavirus
31 Jan 2020
With response measures to the coronavirus evolving rapidly, it’s still too soon to determine the impact on container shipping given the seasonal lull in demand driven by the now-extended Lunar New Year celebrations.
31 Jan 2020
While the post-IMO 2020 chaos some thought would happen never materialized, low-sulfur fuel prices are on a wild ride down as the bunker supply chain recalibrates under new market dynamics.