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

24 Feb 2021
Container carriers that deployed extra loaders and those that provided express services in the resurgent Asia–US trade saw the largest volume gains in 2020.
16 Jul 2020
Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca Dye said the agency’s fact-finding investigation into the largest East Coast port would include three teams consisting of truckers, marine terminal operators, cargo owners, and transportation intermediaries, among others.
16 Jul 2020
A startup that calculates door-to-door cargo shipping emissions has released an interface to convey its data directly to shippers and forwarders needing to meet emissions reductions goals.
16 Jul 2020
The level of funding Congress ultimately authorizes for port dredging and jetty maintenance still needs to be worked out between Senate and House leaders.
16 Jul 2020
As a project cargo pipeline "hole" looms thanks to retrenchment in the oil and gas sector, slow scrapping and newbuilding orders are not enough to cure sector over-tonnage.
15 Jul 2020
Moroun made the trucking real estate deal of the century when he acquired the Ambassador Bridge in 1979 and shaped the flow of goods between the US and Canada for decades.
15 Jul 2020
When implementing environmental policy, West Coast elected officials are urged to balance clean-air goals with the burden of increased cost of goods movement.
15 Jul 2020
CEVA Logistics has expanded the digital tools it offers shippers, part of a growing trend of global 3PLs providing self-service capabilities around quoting and visibility to transaction-oriented shippers.
15 Jul 2020
Railroads will have to rethink how they move freight if the American workplace permanently shifts from centralized city offices to telecommuting in homes.
15 Jul 2020
Freight broker Convoy has enabled small carriers to bid for long-term dedicated freight contracts, expanding the pool of carriers shippers can access to secure such capacity.
15 Jul 2020
The Port of New Orleans will use information from sensors attached to commercial tugs and barges to better position dredgers to keep sediment levels under control.
15 Jul 2020
Capital spending cutbacks in the oil and gas sector foreshadow a painful lack of project cargo logistics providers, but the industry could also benefit from the trillions of dollars expected in stimulus spending during the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
15 Jul 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Shipamax CEO Jenna Brown, and a second-half economic outlook from IHS Markit chief economist Dr. Nariman Behravesh.
14 Jul 2020
Microsoft continues to build on its position as a provider of web services to the logistics industry via an expanded relationship with C.H. Robinson, North America’s largest freight broker.
14 Jul 2020
Truck turn times in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to improve, but truckers seek more timely information from carriers and terminals so they can further reduce visit times.
14 Jul 2020
CMA CGM’s decision to no longer directly serve Port Tampa Bay leaves the Florida port with two direct Asia container services.
14 Jul 2020
Carriers may need to go beyond blank sailings to manage capacity if new and sustained outbreaks of COVID-19 cause a prolonged downturn in consumer demand, says Drewry.
14 Jul 2020
Bangladesh’s maritime regulator implemented the quarantine in February just as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) began spreading globally.
13 Jul 2020
Some US importers are already trying to get ahead of a potential escalation in tariffs on EU goods by front-loading cargo.
13 Jul 2020
By launching a door-to-door, less-than-truckload business in Savannah, Forward Air is adding more freight and building density in its airport-to-airport network.
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.
13 Jul 2020
US land-based heavy transport has largely been able to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to its designation as an essential service, but like other parts of the project supply chain, the sector could see waning demand as the oil and gas industry pulls back on capital expenditures.
13 Jul 2020
Multi-billion-dollar impairments recently announced by oil majors like Shell and BP provide a glimpse of the potentially seismic changes taking place in the global energy market, a critical source of project cargo.
10 Jul 2020
A new waterborne service has debuted between Chittagong and Kolkata, saving time and money for shippers.
10 Jul 2020
Adani Group has pulled the plug on a $39.4 million deal it unveiled in December to acquire a controlling stake in India domestic cold chain logistics leader Snowman Logistics Ltd.
10 Jul 2020
Cosco Shipping's partnership with Alibaba and the group’s finance arm Ant Financial, which will primarily focus on using blockchain to track containerized goods globally, fits into China’s larger goal of creating a digital silk road threading through its Belt and Road initiative.
10 Jul 2020
With COVID-19 flare-ups endangering reopenings across the country, the road to recovery for US shippers and transportation providers will likely look more like a mountain switchback than a sharp incline.
10 Jul 2020
Banyan Technology believes pricing intelligence tools will give less-than-truckload carriers more profits and shippers more savings, changing relationships and contracting.
10 Jul 2020
Better operations and economics may help to retain or even regain some of the freight that the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex has lost to sourcing shifts, but some cargo can’t be won back.
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.
09 Jul 2020
US Payroll Protection Program loans, once forgiven, will give small trucking outfits a chance to invest in much-needed technology, a tax and accounting advisory firm says.
09 Jul 2020
An appellate court has denied the commission’s request for a rehearing of an earlier decision that would shift responsibility for background checks and criminal investigations at the largest US East Coast port to New Jersey state police.
09 Jul 2020
Escalating losses from weak demand and an uncertain — and uneven — recovery are pushing European trucking companies to the edge, a new report shows.
09 Jul 2020
Uber Freight has expanded its network of transportation management system integrations by piping its instantly available capacity into the Blue Yonder freight execution system.
09 Jul 2020
For so-called black swan events such as COVID-19, there’s little chance that logistics managers will have had the foresight to have a traditional plan ready for a pandemic or disruption caused by an unexpected natural disaster.
08 Jul 2020
Despite a slightly improved forecast for US imports, retailers are being conservative in their purchase orders with Asian factories, pointing to a dismal peak shipping season compared to recent years.