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

22 Jan 2021
Despite an acceleration in COVID-19 cases among longshoremen in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, waterfront employers say there are enough general dockworkers to handle near-record container volumes, although a shortage of trained equipment operators is a problem.
26 Oct 2020
More large goods are being sold online and delivered by LTL carriers such as Southeastern Freight Lines, as retailers seek multiple capacity options to reach consumers
23 Oct 2020
US exporters are crying foul as at least one trans-Pacific carriers has begun turning down shipments of low-revenue agricultural exports in order to expedite the return of empty containers to Asian load ports to carry much higher-paying US imports of consumer merchandise.
23 Oct 2020
With work to extend the Port of Halifax’s South End Container Terminal now complete, the PSA-operated facility is capable of handling multiple ultra-large container vessels at the same time.
23 Oct 2020
Holiday surcharges are affecting the US parcel market as European counterparts grapple with higher cross-border fees.
23 Oct 2020
Union Pacific Railroad says service is now fluid on its intermodal network after the “bumpiness” experienced over the summer; intermodal marketing companies, however, dispute that.
23 Oct 2020
The strength of third quarter demand and the rate rises generated on the major trades through the peak season can be seen in the revenue and volume growth reported by OOCL.
23 Oct 2020
By folding in Damco, Maersk plans to provide an "end-to-end logistics solution," and if successful, is poised to gain enormous advantages over competitors.
23 Oct 2020
Australian cargo owners have faced significant disruption for several months as a perfect storm of bad weather, terminal congestion, and industrial action by longshoremen caused extensive delays to freight shipments.
22 Oct 2020
Three new import beneficial cargo owners will be using the port of Savannah in 2021, just one part of a thriving industrial real estate market in Savannah that has been resistant to economic downturn related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
22 Oct 2020
India’s cabotage liberalization allowed foreign-flagged liners to transport laden export–import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports without any specific license, paving the way for more cargo aggregation opportunities.
22 Oct 2020
Intermodal equipment providers issue a dire warning that chassis shortages in Southern California will persist into next year, but truckers say that is unacceptable.
22 Oct 2020
Asia–Europe demand forecasts for 2021 are becoming increasingly unclear as annual contracts come to an end, while high spot market levels have put shippers on course for significant long-term rate increases.
22 Oct 2020
Freight brokerage software provider Parade has set up direct integration with two companies that focus on digitally enabling small carriers, which gives brokers using Parade access to that capacity.
22 Oct 2020
TradeLens will use the integration specialist Youredi to offer data providers and consumers on its platform the option to connect their systems to the container visibility and documentation product co-developed by Maersk and IBM.
21 Oct 2020
COVID-19 lockdowns in February, March, and April shuttered major end markets for US resins, such as automobile parts manufacturers in Europe and China, the largest single-country consumer of resin.
21 Oct 2020
Union Pacific Railroad will raise the surcharge on small shippers to $1,000 on excess contract cargo beginning Oct. 25, a signal that rail-owned containers remain in short supply on the West Coast.
21 Oct 2020
Limited air cargo capacity and high ocean load factors are keeping demand elevated on the overland rail network between China and Europe.
21 Oct 2020
Europe’s two busiest ports report solid import demand from China through the third quarter, which has helped mitigate the weak throughput of the second quarter.
21 Oct 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a discussion with Tony Sciarrotta, executive director of the Reverse Logistics Association, who will discuss managing returns in an uncertain market.
21 Oct 2020
Margin transparency is taking root among early-stage freight brokers, with cross-border 3PL Forager saying Wednesday it will provide clear pricing and service fees on any quote provided on its platform.
20 Oct 2020
A new drayage TMS provider aims to arm port carriers with modern technology to automate back office functions and better manage dispatch and customer engagement.
20 Oct 2020
While demand momentum from the third quarter has extended into October, Kuehne + Nagel warned that maintaining current elevated levels through the end of the year is by no means a given.
20 Oct 2020
While Halifax was the best way station immediately available for Montreal-bound containers, it still lacks capabilities as an emergency valve for Canadian importers due to its remoteness from inland distribution networks, stakeholders say.
20 Oct 2020
The 2019 data reflects growing e-commerce demand from consumers and the increasing heft of last-mile and parcel providers that help serve that demand.
20 Oct 2020
System integration provider Youredi is trying to attract logistics and maritime companies to help it build a new template-based integration platform for data and partner connectivity.
20 Oct 2020
A new set of data definitions for terminals and container lines to coordinate port calls was released Tuesday by the Digital Container Shipping Association, the non-profit group’s latest attempt to drive standardization in the maritime industry.
19 Oct 2020
The rail agreement between Canadian Pacific and Maersk follows the mid-September announcement that the two companies will build and operate a transload and distribution facility at CP’s existing terminal in Vancouver.
19 Oct 2020
The congestion that has plagued the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over the past two months is expected to get worse in the coming weeks owing to a “record” spike in imports.
19 Oct 2020
Available drivers have been hard to find with such a sudden and sharp rise in domestic and international container flows, placing a great deal of strain on the fluidity of the supply chain.
19 Oct 2020
Shippers contend with a lack of transparency when it comes to container lines communicating changes for the earliest return date for their boxes, creating operational headaches for cargo owners already affected by tariffs and COVID-19, new research has found.
19 Oct 2020
An ability to handle out-of-gauge cargo and a unique inventory management system distinguish supply chain logistics platform e2log from the competition.
19 Oct 2020
The need for alternatives to capacity-constrained air freight, combined with rapidly growing online shopping demand, is behind the expansion of e-commerce ocean services.
19 Oct 2020
Despite all the noise around the current lofty spot rate market, more subtle, but important, changes are sneaking into the market that provide guidance on where things may be headed in coming years, with premium services a good place to start.
19 Oct 2020
While a stable and predictable environment is clearly preferred to optimize supply chains, the reality is that due to the pandemic fallout, the markets themselves are neither stable nor predictable.
16 Oct 2020
J.B. Hunt said intermodal results were worse than anticipated because of major network congestion in rail terminals and shippers sitting on containers, which may not ease until 2021.