Strategies to Reduce Demurrage

No one likes to pay demurrage and storage. For some shippers demurrage charges are merely a nuisance. For others, demurrage is a seven figure annual expense. Many of our clients have found it to be a cost that can be quickly reduced or eliminated with the proper focus and attention. This article offers a number […]

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Benefits to Outsourcing Rail Logistics Functions

Many companies have made the decision to outsource their trucking, intermodal, or warehousing to third party logistics providers (3PLs). The 3PLs bring to the table a vast amount of knowledge, experience, leveraging capabilities, technology, and continuous improvement processes.  In the end, these companies benefit greatly from having best-in-class solutions that allows them to focus on […]

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Five Tips on Preparing for Weather/Natural Disasters

As North America has experienced many weather associated disasters in the last few months, industries have been hit with multiple travel related issues. Industries can lose rail cars, rail cars can get stuck in transit, and not to mention facilities often run the risk of being shut down due to rail-shipped supplies not reaching their facility […]

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Rail Rate Tariff Renewals

As the last month of Quarter 3 closes in, railroad freight rates have continued to take increases.  Listed below are some rate authorities that are renewing in the next couple of months. Tariff Updates Rate Authority Commodity Expected Increase Effective Date CN 4080  Soybean Meal and Products ~5% 9/1/2017 CSXT 2061 Molasses ~2% 9/1/2017 CSXT 29116 Asphalt […]

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STB Decision – Railroads to Report Service Metrics

The Surface Transportation Board has officially adopted a rule involving new regulations that require all Class I Railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office to report certain service performance metrics on a weekly, semiannually, and occasional basis. According the STB, the major reason behind this rule was to respond to the many service issues that […]


CN Revises Optional Services Tariffs

CN is implementing changes to their Optional Services tariffs, which will take effect on February 1st, 2017. Carbon Taxes: Effective April 1st, 2017 a carbon tax will also be applied for shipments travelling to, from or within Alberta. (A carbon tax fee was imposed by British Columbia in 2008.) This tax will be calculated as […]

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Rail Logistics Journal

Industry Volume Data As the month of August has officially come to a close, we are able to analyze some monthly metrics as reported by the Railroads.  All Class I, North American Railroads are required to submit monthly metrics to the STB.  A common metric that is involved in this data reporting is Trains Delayed.  This type […]

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Rail Logistics Journal

Industry Volume Data With Week 28 in the books, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) has published another round of weekly Class I Railroad data.  With a slight decline during Week 27, the total traffic for North American Railroads has picked up slightly with a number just below 700,000 railcars for the week ending July […]