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By LM Staff · May 22, 2015
U.S. carloads were down 10 percent annually at 269,092, and intermodal volume saw a 4.9 percent annual gain to 280,107 containers and trailers.
By LM Staff · May 15, 2015
U.S. carloads were down 7.9 percent compared to the same week last year at 273,433, and intermodal volume was up 3.8 percent annually at 277,601 containers and trailers.
By Jeff Berman · May 6, 2015
Heading into 2015, the intermodal sector was faced with the same challenges it had exiting 2014, namely the West Coast port labor disruption and harsh winter weather. But even with these obstacles volumes still managed to show overall growth on an annual basis, according to the most recent edition of the Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics Report from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).
By LM Staff · April 10, 2015
U.S. carloads were down 1.5 percent compared to the same week last year at 277,894, and intermodal volume was up 3.8 percent annually at 271,127 containers and trailers
By Jeff Berman · April 3, 2015
Carloads for the month—at 1,117,029—were down 3.4 percent, and intermodal—at 1,084,136 containers and trailers—was up 5.7 percent.
By LM Staff · March 27, 2015
U.S. carloads were down 2.4 percent annually at 284,618, and intermodal volume was up 6.7 percent compared to the same week as last year at 277,854 trailers and containers.
By LM Staff · March 13, 2015
U.S. Carloads were down 2.1 percent annually at 268,620, and intermodal volume was up 4 percent at 253,762 containers and trailers.
By Jeff Berman · March 12, 2015
Intermodal service conditions have been showing positive progress since late November and seem poised for growth.
By Patrick Burnson · March 4, 2015
Transportation stakeholders reliant on North Carolina’s major seaports are welcoming news this week, which outlines plans to enhance the intermodal and cold chain network in the region.
By Patrick Burnson · March 2, 2015
As U.S. West Coast ports begin to address their critical congestion issues, an innovative approach is being launched at San Pedro Bay.
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By John D. Schulz · March 1, 2015
Our panel of trucking analysts takes a deep dive into the federal regulations that are driving increased cost pressures on carriers—and, in turn, driving up rates on shippers.
By Patrick Burnson · February 10, 2015
I recently had the pleasure of participating in Logistics Management’s 2015 Rate Outlook webcast. During the 45 minute discussion our panel of top economic and transportation market analysts examined the current state of transportation rate structures, and where we are likely to see them head in 2015.
By Jeff Berman · February 9, 2015
Total 2014 intermodal volume—at 16,276,892 containers and trailers––saw a 4.8 percent annual increase compared to 2013. Domestic containers—at 6,444,532—were up 5.7 percent, and international containers—at 8,166,010—were up 4.4 percent. All domestic equipment at 8,110,882—was up 5.1 percent, and trailers rose 2.9 percent to 1,666,350.
By Jeff Berman · January 29, 2015
Truckload and intermodal pricing was up on an annual basis, according to the December edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.
By Jeff Berman · January 29, 2015
While the official numbers won’t be issued until early February in its quarterly Market Trends & Statistics report, preliminary data for the fourth quarter and full-year 2014 intermodal output from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) indicates that annual growth was intact.

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