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Senators demand retailers crack down on port trucking operations

Excerpts from Freight Waves:

The USA Today investigation into port trucking operations in California set off a firestorm of controversy – ranging from how dare trucking companies take advantage of hard-working drivers to views that the article misrepresented not only port truckers, but trucking companies in general.

Just when it seemed the controversy had subsided, […]


IANA reelects BNSF's Farmer as chair

The Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) board last week welcomed four new members and installed officers for the 2016 membership year.

Katie Farmer, group vice president for consumer products of BNSF Railway Co., was reelected chairman. Farmer has more than 20 years of experience in the railroad industry and is responsible for the commercial […]


Former CVSA executive director, joins IANA as senior vice president

The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) announced recently that Stephen A. Keppler has joined the association as senior vice president. Keppler is the former executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

“The Board approval of this newly created position acknowledges IANA’s growth in membership as well as its program and service offerings,” according […]


IANA says alliances, chassis, megaships may trigger new logjams

Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal article titled ‘Intermodal Market Has Fresh Concerns Over Infrastructure, Equipment’:

West Coast port congestion because of a long-running labor dispute may be in the rearview mirror, but North American industrial supply chains aren’t out of the woods yet.

Alliances among global ship operators, chassis shortages, a lack of sufficient […]


Rulings mixed for LA, LB truckers fighting congestion fees

Southern California truckers who said they were improperly charged late fees for containers they couldn’t return on time to gridlocked ports received mixed decisions in the first arbitrators’ rulings on their cases.

Arbitrators this week issued their first four rulings on the dozens of claims submitted to arbitration under the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement, which […]


Rulings likely soon on port truckers’ UIIA complaints

Southern California truckers who filed complaints with the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement alleging unfair charges for extended storage and late return of equipment at congested marine terminals in recent months should start to see arbitration rulings beginning in mid-April.

Joni Casey, president and CEO of the Intermodal Association of North America, which administers the UIIA, […]


Farmer takes office as IANA chair

Katie Farmer, group vice president of consumer products at BNSF Railway, has taken office as the first woman to chair the Intermodal Association of North America’s board of directors.

Farmer succeeded Phil Shook, director of intermodal at C.H. Robinson, who remains on the board.

Trucker Kevin Lhotak, president of Reliable Transportation Specialists, Inc., was named […]


IANA: 2Q intermodal volume grows by largest margin in three years

Intermodal volume increased across all segments in the second quarter, contributing to the largest quarterly intermodal growth since 2011, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) most recent “Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics” report.

International container volume increased 9.6 percent, domestic container volume rose 7.6 percent and trailer volume grew 4.3 percent compared […]


Intermodal rail volume rises for 53rd consecutive month

Intermodal rail volume for April rose 9% compared with the same time last year, the 53rd consecutive year-over-year monthly increase, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Intermodal volume rose to 1.3 million units last month. The weekly average of intermodal units was the highest for any April and the second highest for any recorded month, […]


Quarterly container volume best in a year; transportation, logistics M&A activity robust

International container volume in North America increased 3.9 percent during the second quarter, marking the best quarterly results in a year, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) “Intermodal Market Trends and Statistics Report” issued last month.

In absolute terms, the quarter also served as the international segment’s highest second quarter since 2008, […]


Retailers call for freight policy in highway bill

Any new federal surface transportation bill that emerges from the committee of lawmakers conferencing on the measure should include provisions establishing a national policy for freight movement, a group of organizations invested in the shipping and retail industries said Thursday.

The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, which was form to press lawmakers to consider freight issues in […]


Intermodal volume climbs in Q1 2011

Intermodal volume increased 9% year-over-year in Q1 2011 as international volume grew for the fifth straight quarter, posting a solid 9.6% uptick, according to a report released May 12 by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA). IANA’s Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report also notes that overall domestic intermodal volume also increased during the […]