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.
29 Jan 2021
It is natural that the attention in the market in recent months has been on the extreme rate increases, but the extreme is not necessarily a good indicator for the market as a whole.
29 Jan 2021
The container shipping industry is in the midst of yet another predictable cycle in which supply chains are upended by unpredictable external forces, relationships between carriers and shippers are tested.
28 Jan 2021
JAS Worldwide has purchased e-commerce specialist Tigers to expand beyond its traditional international freight forwarding services and better address its customers’ e-commerce needs
28 Jan 2021
London- and Vilnius, Lithuania-based Cargo Stream is launching a container booking application that looks to address systemic issues around equipment availability and exchange.
28 Jan 2021
After a sluggish start to the year, US imports from Asia came roaring back in the second half, with an even higher concentration than usual flowing through the largest container gateways.
28 Jan 2021
Although a sudden demand upswing is a key factor helping carriers keep rates at elevated levels on India trades, that undiminished pricing power also seems to reflect their success in deftly managing capacity as the pandemic quagmire lingers.
28 Jan 2021
Policy experts told the virtual SMC3 Jump Start 2021 conference they expect a renewed push to limit truck driver hours of service, but also truck driver detention, during the Biden administration.
27 Jan 2021
Another new entrant in the small carrier TMS space, Dallas-based Axele, portends more market structure and available capacity for shippers to tap into.
27 Jan 2021
The Mission Possible Partnership, whose corporate partners represent 30 percent of global emissions, was announced as part of the all-virtual World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda.
27 Jan 2021
German line Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday said its pre-tax earnings jumped 30 percent year over year in 2020, the latest evidence that container carriers are headed for their most profitable year in at least a decade.
27 Jan 2021
In a 2020 disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the on-time performance of container carriers on the major east-west trades deteriorated to its lowest-ever level and then got even worse.
26 Jan 2021
Hapag-Lloyd’s advisory to customers about de-facto blank sailings in February due to port delays could be followed by similar announcements from other carriers.
26 Jan 2021
A surge in demand for Shipwell’s technology-focused managed transportation approach, with freight under management tripling in 2020, is a sign of shippers’ increased reliance on an outsourced approach to logistics.
26 Jan 2021
Additional acquisitions will fuel growth for both XPO’s transportation and contract logistics businesses, soon to be separate companies, chairman and CEO Bradley S. Jacobs said.
26 Jan 2021
Cargo gateways across the US Southeast will invest upwards of $850 million in 2021 on a wide range of enhancements that will allow terminals to handle multiple vessels of 14,000 TEU and above simultaneously.
26 Jan 2021
National Shipping of America (NSA) made its inaugural call to Port Everglades last week after the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) designated the South Florida port as part of the country’s so-called Marine Highway system on Jan. 8.
26 Jan 2021
Shippers can complain, but pricing power — at least for now — has shifted away from shippers due to carrier consolidation and growing capacity discipline seen most dramatically in the swift spring withdrawals following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. That puts pressure on shipper to engage more with carrier not less.
25 Jan 2021
Importers of higher-value cargo from Asia have been better able to withstand higher spot rates, forcing some shippers of lower-value cargo out of the market completely.
25 Jan 2021
Without easing the air draft limits under the Tsing Ma bridge, ships calling at Hong Kong and the western Shenzhen ports face a lengthy transit south of Hong Kong through Chinese waters.
25 Jan 2021
The sale of its $3.1 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) subsidiary narrows UPS’s focus and gives TFI International a much bigger presence in the North American LTL market, from Canada to Mexico.
25 Jan 2021
The long-standing connections between CMA CGM and Yilport were again on display with the carrier’s former ports and terminals division head joining the Turkish port operator.
25 Jan 2021
Maersk has teamed up with intermodal rail giant Container Corporation of India to offer block train movement from Kolkata to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to feed the carrier’s weekly long-haul sailings out of the busy public harbor.
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.
22 Jan 2021
Rapid collaboration by stakeholders as 2020 wound down helped prevent more than half a billion dollars in tariffs from being imposed on goods waiting at anchorage off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
22 Jan 2021
The acquisition of DDI bolsters RoadOne's 53-foot domestic container business and transloading capabilities on the East Coast as import volumes rise.
22 Jan 2021
US imports from Europe have been rising steadily since August, with the trans-Atlantic so far able to shrug off the severe disruption experienced on the trades out of Asia.
22 Jan 2021
Attempts to slow travel for the two-week Lunar New Year celebration come amid new COVID-19 outbreaks in northern mainland China that triggered lockdowns in 11 regions.
21 Jan 2021
The Maersk incident comes less than two months after the ONE Apus saw more than 1,900 containers lost or damaged during a trans-Pacific voyage, and has one analyst questioning whether the industry might have a structural problem with stowage on larger ships.
21 Jan 2021
Amid continuous double-digit year-over-year increases in imports, the Port of Los Angeles will financially reward terminal operators that achieve key metrics in improving cargo velocity.
21 Jan 2021
Companies such as Werner Enterprises, Schneider National, and U.S. Xpress are taking an active role in the development of autonomous trucks, but not, they say, to replace drivers.
21 Jan 2021
The World Bank and International Association of Ports and Harbors are urging ports and maritime ecosystems to quickly find public and private solutions to digitize operations and build data-sharing initiatives to bolster trade growth.
21 Jan 2021
In a further sign of a tumultuous market, UHL's newest "Eco-Lifter" will deliver containers to Europe on its maiden voyage.
21 Jan 2021
While an extra-loader move is significant, it remains to be seen whether that would be enough to balance out the needs of Indian exporters when cargo rolling has become a critical issue on high-demand routes.
21 Jan 2021
Shippers sending goods across the English Channel will only have their cargo accepted by DB Schenker if all customs information is correct.
20 Jan 2021
Shippers facing a challenging ocean freight environment in 2021 are being urged to develop a plan to tackle a particularly thorny operational aspect in the industry: container allocations.