Intermodal Trucking Sees 2020 As Year Of Tough Laws, Cost Increases
Intermodal and drayage carriers are winding down a year that for many meant only modest growth in container trucking. On the international side, the National Retail Federation projected another record year for U.S. container imports, but it would amount to only a 1% increase in volumes over 2018. Domestic rail containers, meanwhile, saw a steeper drop of 4% from 2018.
As the industry looks toward 2020, there is hope among intermodal executives that container volumes will keep growing, albeit much of the growth may be in certain regions and for specific goods. Likewise, intermodal carriers want to see more done on the maritime link in the supply chain to improve efficiency. For its own part, container trucking will have to wrestle with a slew of regulations and cost increases that will require them to be more efficient as well.
Here are some views on how 2020 will shake out for intermodal.Read more
No easy fix for chassis conundrum: speakers
Issues involving chassis interoperability, shortages, and dislocation continue to hamper productivity at US ports and inland rail ramps, and there is no single solution on the horizon that will make those problems go away, speakers at the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) conference in Long Beach said this week.
In fact, with each stakeholder in the supply chain — ocean carrier, trucker, railroad, and intermodal equipment provider (IEP) — doing what best serves their own interests, the industry may eventually be forced into the unwanted condition where it has to choose between regulation and free markets before a solution is found, the speakers said.Read more
IMC Companies EVP Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Donna Lemm, EVP of National Sales for IMC Companies represented the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) and testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation at a hearing entitled Connecting America: Examining Intermodal Connections Across Our Surface Transportation Network. Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, the Chair of the Transportation and Safety Subcommittee, conducted a multimodal hearing with representatives from railroad, intermodal, and AgTC. (more…)Read more