Rail & Intermodal

Rail & Intermodal

News & Analysis

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.
U.S. intermodal market share of the NAFTA market dropped from 79.5 percent in the January-to-September period in 2013 to 79.2 percent in the same period in 2014.
02 Oct 2014
Canadian intermodal volume growth continues to outpace U.S. intermodal traffic gains, potentially reflecting shippers’ diverting of shipments to western Canadian ports to avoid potential U.S. West Coast labor disruptions.
01 Oct 2014
The Mexican Senate will likely consider rail reform legislation this month, paving the way for the country’s three largest railroads to keep their concessions and preventing any supply chain disruptions caused by proposed legislation that would force them to open their networks to third-parties.
30 Sep 2014
Truck rentals are "at an all-time high" as commercial operators seek new ways to match capacity and rising freight demand, a PacLease executive says.
Shanghai, China
30 Sep 2014
Container port congestion has been a hot topic this year, with issues including late ship arrivals; strikes, or fears of strikes, and their impact; terminal projects; and adverse weather conditions popping up across the world. While some congestion is caused by short-term issues, certain world regions may be at greater risk of persistent congestion in the longer term.
Seattle Bridge vessel
30 Sep 2014
Shippers are getting U.S.-bound cargo more easily through the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert as the surge in imports avoiding the U.S. West Coast due to labor talks subsides with the conclusion of the ocean peak season.
30 Sep 2014
Florida East Coast Railway is preparing for completion of the Port of Miami’s harbor-deepening project in the fourth quarter of 2015 by purchasing new equipment and locomotives and offering expedited services to population centers in the Southeast.
Old Dominion Freight Line drayage truck.
29 Sep 2014
Old Dominion Freight Line is expanding its U.S. intermodal drayage network at ports and inland railheads, strengthening the less-than-truckload carrier's connections with global shippers.
29 Sep 2014
Ocean container carrier Hamburg Sud is opening a sales office in Gandhidham, India, to cater to the needs of its regular ship calls at the growing ports of Mundra and Pipavav.
29 Sep 2014
Chinese President Xi Jingping on Friday invited the strong Spanish construction sector to help build a planned freight line connecting eastern China and Spain.
A busy warehousing operation in Mexico
26 Sep 2014
Ryder System is expanding its inland distribution network in Mexico, starting with a transloading center for Chrysler at the Gulf Coast Port of Altamira.
UP derailment
26 Sep 2014
26 Sep 2014
This week’s intermodal volume was a record high for U.S. railroads, breaking the previous record set the week before, according to the Association of American Railroads, again signaling that the peak season is revving up for intermodal shippers as the ocean peak subsides.
Import volume at major Mexican ports.
25 Sep 2014
MEXICO CITY — Intermodal rail in Mexico is taking off. The shift of loads from road to rail is driven by several factors including the need to reduce theft as well as growth from the country’s container ports fueled by growing demand from the booming manufacturing sector and burgeoning middle class.
25 Sep 2014
BNSF Railway is bullish about intermodal Mexico-U.S. cross border growth.
24 Sep 2014
A proposed Norfolk Southern Railway intermodal terminal in Elliston, Virginia, faces a much higher price tag than originally estimated, along with the threat of litigation, making its construction less likely
23 Sep 2014
The U.S. Commerce Department set duties on 53-foot dry intermodal containers from China after a preliminary determination concluded manufacturers received unfair subsidies from the Chinese government
23 Sep 2014
U.S domestic intermodal pricing jumped 5.6 percent week-to-week, or by $115, to $2,169 per unit in the week ending Sept. 22, according to a weighted average for all-in, 53-foot containers door-to-door provided by third-party logistics provider IDS.
23 Sep 2014
The unseasonably cold front that moved through Chicago last weekend provided railroads and shippers a chilly reminder that the rail gridlock seen in winter 2013-2014 could occur again.
22 Sep 2014
The average amount intermodal providers charged customers for shipping a U.S. intermodal unit declined last month on a year-over-year basis, the first time since January 2013.
22 Sep 2014
Florida East Coast Railway has acquired 500 new 53-foot containers and 100 chassis, as well as 50 refrigerated trailers to cater to customers in the perishables market. All of the units will be in service by mid-October.
22 Sep 2014
Class I railroads plan to add locomotives and train crews to their networks in an effort to improve service in the "strongest fall peak in recent years."
22 Sep 2014
Shanghai may be the busiest container port in the world, but almost half the boxes that cross its wharves every year are first carried down the mighty Yangtze River from manufacturing hubs deep inland.
19 Sep 2014
The volume of intermodal units moving on U.S. railroads last week reached a record high for the railroad industry, according to the Association of American Railroads, furthering signs that the peak season is starting for intermodal shippers as the ocean peak recedes.
LA stacktrain
19 Sep 2014
The percent of import containers arriving at the Los Angeles-Long Beach gateway that were transloaded into domestic containers for onward rail transport into the interior U.S. continued to increase last year and is forecast to continue rising in 2014.
Norfolk Southern
19 Sep 2014
Norfolk Southern Railway doesn’t expect rail service to start getting back to normal levels until the end of March 2015, with most customers not seeing any improvement until November 2014.
Florida East Coast Railway
19 Sep 2014
Florida East Coast Railway launched at 53-foot domestic container service two weeks ago, giving North Carolina shippers a new option to ship goods to South Florida for either domestic consumption or to transload for export.
BNSF coal train, British Columbia
19 Sep 2014
BNSF Railway is spending billions of dollars to double-track key segments of its northern tier route, purchase equipment and hire additional crew, but a company executive told grain shippers this week it could take two to three years for the investments to produce all of the results they are looking for.
18 Sep 2014
Canadian National Railway faces a fine from the Canadian government after failing to obey Ottawa’s order to move a minimum amount of grain weekly.
UP intermodal double-stack train
18 Sep 2014
International intermodal volume growth in North America dropped markedly in August, providing another sign that the lack of a U.S. West Coast longshore contract hangs less on retailers’ necks because the majority of their holiday goods have arrived in the U.S.
silos with harvested soybeans
18 Sep 2014
Delays this year in moving agricultural products by rail and barge from the Upper Midwest to ports in the Pacific Northwest and Gulf Coast could undermine the position of the U.S. as the world’s premier supplier of soybeans, a transportation specialist told the annual meeting of the Midwest Shippers Association Wednesday.
Railroad tracks
18 Sep 2014
A Senate committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would push the U.S. rail regulatory agency to more quickly address major issues between railroads and some carload shippers, but its prospects for passage are unclear
17 Sep 2014
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack urged Warren Buffett last week to ensure that his BNSF Railway will be prepared to deliver a potential record U.S. corn and soybean harvest this year, the latest sign of political pressure on the rail industry to improve poor service.
17 Sep 2014
China-Europe rail services continue to grow in popularity with DHL the latest forwarder to offer a new weekly scheduled block train from Suzhou to Poland.
16 Sep 2014
Container ship owner-charterer Seaspan Corp. is considering an acquisition of Greater China Intermodal Investments, the Carlyle Group investment vehicle with which Seaspan partnered in 2011 to purchase new ships.
16 Sep 2014
Rail service problems are starting to hurt truckers with intermodal operations, especially those such that move refrigerated goods, a transportation analyst says.