Rail & Intermodal

Comprehensive coverage of rail freight/intermodal transportation management including logistics, shippers, carriers, shipping rates, tariffs, costs and rail loads and volumes.

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By Jeff Berman · July 8, 2016
The financial impact of the United States railroad industry on all facets of the nation’s economy cannot even come close to being understated. Association of American Railroad State of the Industry Report.
By Jeff Berman · July 7, 2016
Rail and Intermodal Volumes Fell in the 2016 State of Logistics Report. The Rail and Intermodal services have recovered
By Jeff Berman · July 1, 2016
Carloads were down 5.2 percent annually at 257,965, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 2.7 percent annually to 268,196.
By Jeff Berman · June 28, 2016
Chicago-based project44 has now integrated more than 1,000 transportation APIs into its platformed network. As defined by project44, these Web service API (application programming interfaces) integrations enable 3PLs and shippers to connect with carriers in real time.
By LM Staff · June 24, 2016
Rail carloads fall 8.5 percent annually at 250,748, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 4.2 percent to 265,438.
By LM Staff · June 24, 2016
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that that U.S. trade with its North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico dropped 3.3 percent to $90.4 billion on an annual basis in April.
By Jeff Berman · June 23, 2016
Truckload and intermodal pricing both saw another month of declines in May, according to the most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners, which was released last week.
By LM Staff · June 17, 2016
Carloads dipped 8.7 percent annually at 248,039, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 6.3 percent to 265,432.
By LM Staff · June 10, 2016
Carloads saw a 16.6 percent annual decline at 224,258, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 17.9 percent at 231,088.
By Jeff Berman · June 6, 2016
Despite an annual gain in total brokered freight transportation shipments, total revenue and invoice amount per shipment saw declines, according to the “First Quarter 2016 TIA 3PL Benchmarking Report,” which was recently issued by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA).
By John D. Schulz · June 6, 2016
In a masterpiece of collaboration, Birdsong discovers an intermodal route to China in an innovative solution that melds rail, port and ocean carrier partners to handle unexpectedly large export needs.
By Jeff Berman · June 3, 2016
May carloads saw a 10.3 percent annual decline at 962,571, and intermodal containers and trailers dropped 3.3 percent, or 36,365 units, to 1,049,631.
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By Descartes · May 23, 2016
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By LM Staff · May 20, 2016
Rail carloads, at 238,353 were down 11.4 percent annually, and U.S. containers and trailers were off 7.2 percent annually at 260,026.
By LM Staff · May 13, 2016
Rail carloads, at 233,047, were down 14.8 percent, and intermodal containers and trailers dropped 6.4 percent to 259,876.

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From the July 2016 Issue
While it’s currently a shippers market, the authors of this year’s report contend that we’ve entered a “period of transition” that will usher in a realignment of capacity, lower inventories, economic growth and “moderately higher” rates. It’s time to tighten the ties that bind.
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