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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 National Railways also operate in the United States.  

Implementing electronic logging in 2018 won’t be easy, and may spark a review of truck driver work rules. Here's why.

Technology that provides real-time cargo location visibility gained much attention in 2017, as did tracking for containers, chassis, and other equipment. That trend is likely to continue in 2018. Here's why. 

The supply-demand forecast is available. So is the historical data, along with the start date and location. So why can't terminals and/or ports implement a more-efficient, utilitarian chassis system?

Capacity, not price, is king once again.
Nearly nine years after ocean carriers began transferring their chassis to lessors, beneficial cargo owners, truckers, and other supply chain participants are still wrestling with issues of cost, control, and choice, amid a fragmented system.
In container shipping, a 'black hole' exists in the supply chain, according to a logistics pro. However, a port information portal used in a pilot project by the Port of Los Angeles is providing more visibility.
Officials believe dedicated shuttle trains will drive significant freight traffic gains at JNPT, as well as cost benefits for northwest hinterland shippers.
Spot rates for truckload, intermodal services keep rising, putting pressure on contract rates that may last well into 2018.
The November improvement was largely driven by significant productivity gains at APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India.
Officials say the improved infrastructure under Bangladesh Regional Connectivity Project 1 will, among other benefits, help smooth trade with neighboring India, Bhutan, and Nepal.
The drop represents a step back in JNPT's effort to meet government goals regarding road-to-rail freight conversion, as part of a larger program to increase productivity.
Double stacking trains is more efficient than single stacking trains and increases the capacity and the economies of scale of each train.

Growth in truckload pricing is accelerating.

Moves to shift European cargo from truck to rail ignores the fact that shippers choose their transport mode based on their individual supply chain needs.
Improve Europe's structural inadequacies and cut tariffs on the China-Europe rail network, is the message from a rail industry association executive.
It will not happen overnight, but experts believe supply chains and transportation will become increasingly automated and more efficient as technology enables real-time exchange and analysis of vast amounts of data thanks to Amazon.com.
During the last two decades, Georgia has encouraged development of import distribution centers that have attracted all-water services from Asia and made Savannah the second-largest US East Coast container port.
The pool is the latest sign of the strong demand for chassis with radial tires and LED lights.
The chaos caused by the shutting down of a key European rail transport corridor had a financial impact, and freight associations are calling for immediate compensation.
Rapid fulfillment and replenishment cycles are driving visibility, but shippers need to extend visibility even further.