Intermodal Rails’ Contribution to Port Traffic

Intermodal Rails’ Contribution to Port Traffic
October 27, 2017 Jerry Vallely

This story was originally published in The Maritime Executive on October 26, 2017.

By Darryl Anderson | The Maritime Executive

“The Association of American Railroads reported that for the first 40 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroad intermodal volume increased 3.7 percent compared to last year, Canadian railroads by 11.3 percent and Mexican railways by 0.6 percent from the same point in 2016. To provide insights into some of the factors driving growth trends in intermodal traffic this article considers how intermodal rail is influencing Southern California, the Gulf Coast and the Canadian Pacific Coast markets.

Southern California Container Traffic

On October 12, 2017, the Port of Los Angeles announced that volumes were up 8.2 percent year-to-date for September, with fewer vessel calls than 2016 but with a new container-per-ship record of an average 8,679 TEUs. Taken at face value, this is positive news since 2016 saw a record-breaking 8.8 million TEUs pass through the port…”

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