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.
19 Dec 2019
Outsiders can find vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector exasperatingly opaque. In the last part of a six-part special report on the topic, JOC.com takes a look at how cargo owners, EPCs, and OEMs manage chartering in a challenging market where controlling costs remains paramount.
19 Dec 2019
The Cass Freight Index suggests the bottom of the trucking market has passed, although the data doesn’t provide a clear picture of when pricing power will flip toward carriers again.
19 Dec 2019
The latest data from the American Trucking Associations shows large truckload carriers cutting drivers and smaller fleets ramping up hiring.
19 Dec 2019
Trans-Pacific carriers are on pace to blank a record number of sailings when factories in Asia close for the Lunar New Year beginning Jan. 25, 2020, as the downward trend in US imports from Asia is expected to continue through the first quarter of next year.
19 Dec 2019
Hutchison Ports will have to keep APM Terminals Rotterdam at arm’s length for a while once the sale is approved, with volume guarantees and a ban on firing staff also included the deal.
19 Dec 2019
The Gearbulk/Grieg Star G2 Ocean partnership will continue to build its project cargo business as the JV transitions in its executive ranks, with the departure of chief executive Rune Birkeland at year-end.
18 Dec 2019
The Governor of New Jersey has submitted his argument in the legal battle over whether New Jersey can move some functions of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor to the New Jersey State Police, effectively diminishing the watchdog’s role in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
18 Dec 2019
Changes in package delivery market are leading FedEx to rethink its air express and ground strategies, as it struggles with a slowdown in global trade.
18 Dec 2019
As the Indian government continues its push to streamline and tighten logistics costs, it has now fixed its gaze on rail charges levied at its primary gateway, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
18 Dec 2019
Submissions for and against the four-year extension of the carrier exemption from competition laws are beginning to land in the European Commission’s inbox.
18 Dec 2019
Global shipping wants to accelerate the search for a zero carbon fuel that is essential if the industry is to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.
18 Dec 2019
Cargo no-shows are down 75 percent on freight booked via the Maersk Spot guaranteed online booking platform, according to the container carrier.
K+N: Greener ocean services don’t always come at a premium
18 Dec 2019
On the east-west trades, some services with higher CO2 emissions come with the same cost and transit time as those services providing a more eco-friendly operation.
18 Dec 2019
Seattle-based Convoy is challenging freight brokerage incumbents by saying it has developed capability to automate freight matching and pricing in widely-used US truckload lanes.
17 Dec 2019
Owner-operator truckers face big changes if New Jersey legislation is enacted that would reshape the way the state determines whether a driver is an employee or independent contractor. But stakeholder assessments vary over the impact on the Port of New York and New Jersey.
17 Dec 2019
Year-to-date declines in metal, chemical, and forest product shipments will depress future truck volumes, creating an overhang that will affect pricing, a transportation economist says.
The Zeamarine Hamburg, formerly the Rickmers Hamburg, loading pipe modules.
17 Dec 2019
German tax and crisis management expert Sven Lundehn has been brought in to manage the Bremen-based carrier, as top executives leave and founder Jan Hendrik Többe makes an exit.
17 Dec 2019
India is considering measures to bolster the port of Cochin’s standing in the region to boost volumes and better compete with the Sri Lankan transshipment hub of Colombo.
17 Dec 2019
Traffic problems that slowed trucks in BNSF’s Lot 16 outside of Chicago have been resolved through a partnership between the railroad and an Intermodal Cartage-owned yard operator.
17 Dec 2019
Maersk has completed its first phase of integration and is now moving to accelerate the rollout of its end-to-end strategy.
16 Dec 2019
Driven by consumers and end-customers, more shippers say they are looking for precision in on-time delivery from trucking suppliers, and placing it before price.
16 Dec 2019
A four-year-old logistics technology platform founded in India sees itself as the digital connective thread between the country’s long-haul freight market and the disorganized urban delivery sector.
16 Dec 2019
Despite retailers’ expectations that a front-loading of imports to avoid now-canceled tariffs that would have gone into effect Dec. 15 would drive up volumes last month, US imports from Asia fell for the second straight month.
16 Dec 2019
Outsiders can find vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector exasperatingly opaque. In part five of a six-part special report on the topic, JOC.com takes a look at the complexities of project shipping and whether they can be whittled down to a one-size-fits-all index.
16 Dec 2019
North American ports are failing to match increasing vessel sizes and container exchanges with sufficient waterside and landside resources, resulting in extended vessel stays in port and yard and gate congestion at the terminals.
16 Dec 2019
Two of the world’s top three container shipping companies are positive biofuel can be provided in sufficient quantities to help power the global fleet, but one carrier remains doubtful.
13 Dec 2019
Shippers may find capacity tighter on a carrier-by-carrier, lane-by-lane basis when the final phase of the ELD mandate takes effect Monday.
13 Dec 2019
Long Beach Container Terminal, which included the ILWU in the planning process for its fully-automated terminal right from the beginning, has avoided the labor pushback that can complicate the introduction of automation at marine terminals.
13 Dec 2019
A number of ocean carriers are adjusting their detention and demurrage fees in the next 30 days, causing shippers to pay more for these penalties being reviewed by the Federal Maritime Commission.
13 Dec 2019
The US and China have reached a partial trade deal that would cancel upcoming tariffs and reduce some, but not all, of those already in place, significantly ratcheting down tensions between the two superpowers that have rattled global markets for almost two years.
13 Dec 2019
The UK election result has introduced more certainty around Brexit, although the much-needed trade details of the withdrawal agreement have yet to be thrashed out.
13 Dec 2019
A confluence of supply and demand factors has given the Asia–Med rate a strong boost ahead of Chinese New Year.
13 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Undiscovered areas for software to expand exist in the grey space outside of transportation management and customer relationship management systems, Winmore Software's John Golob explains. Golob discusses breaking out of the Excel and email routine and identifying areas for data integration, automation,
13 Dec 2019
Drewry's Head of Research Products Martin Dixon on fleet and rate projections for breakbulk and project cargo, uncertainty around tariffs, oil prices, and the shipping cost implications for cargo owners of the IMO 2020 low-sulfur fuel regulation.
12 Dec 2019
Truckload spot rates leaped upward in the first week of December, rising 12 cents per mile above their November average according to DAT Solutions as the final holiday retail push got underway.