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Right size your fleet to help control demurrage charges!

Did you know that you could get control of your demurrage costs in two steps? First step: Right-size your fleet If you own or lease your equipment, it is important to understand how many railcars you need to ensure that you deliver your product to your customers on time.  Many rail shippers lean towards increasing […]

Have the Railroads Stopped Negotiating?

Are the railroads telling you that privately negotiated contract rates are reverting to public tariffs? This may become more prevalent, but that does not mean the railroads have stopped negotiating. Public tariffs have long been in existence, providing easy access to rates with low administrative costs. But over the years, many shippers have been successful […]

Selecting a Rail Transload Facility

Rail transload facilities play a vital role in many companies’ shipping networks. These facilities allow shippers to realize benefits from a combination of rail and truck. Perhaps you’ve used the same transload facilities for some time, and you’re wondering about other opportunities. Or perhaps you’re reassessing your shipping plan to accommodate new receivers, new products, […]

Comparing the Costs of Rail Shipping vs Truck

Companies that transport dry and liquid commodities utilize the modes of truck, rail, barge, ocean and pipeline. Some shippers are fortunate enough to be able to utilize barge, ocean and pipeline that can provide significant cost savings. However, most shippers rely on truck, rail, or a combination of the two. When comparing the costs of […]

RSI Logistics to Operate Norfolk Southern Thoroughbred Bulk Terminal in Spartanburg SC

RSI Logistics Inc. (RSI) through its bulk terminal division, RSI Leasing Inc. has been awarded the operations of Norfolk Southern’ s (NS) Spartanburg SC Thoroughbred Bulk Terminals™ (TBT). The Spartanburg TBT is located 5 minutes from Interstates I-85, I-585 and I-26. The terminal is ideally positioned within 200 miles of Atlanta GA, Charlotte NC, Augusta […]

Safety and Compliance for Hazardous Materials by Rail: What You Need to Know

Shipping hazardous materials can be dangerous and can have serious consequences when done incorrectly. When shipping hazardous materials by rail, safety and compliance measures help to mitigate these risks, and mitigate harm if an incident occurs. Knowing and understanding these safety and compliance measures for shipping hazardous materials by rail will help to prevent delays, […]

Bulk Terminal Strategy

BACKGROUND Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment from one mode of transportation to another. It is commonly relied on when one mode cannot be used for the entire trip, such as when a producer who is served by rail, but the receiver can only receive deliveries by truck. Since transloading requires the handling of […]

Norfolk Southern Postpones April-2020 Demurrage & Storage Changes

On December 1, 2019 the Norfolk Southern announced revisions to their NS 6004-D Demurrage and Storage tariff.  The changes that were to become effective April 1, 2020 involved the NS implementing a new tiered demurrage and storage structure to address cars held for seven (7) days or longer.  Chargeable per car per day rates for […]

Rule 11 Railroad Rates Benefit Shippers

Are the railroads telling you they want Through Rates converted to Rule 11? If so, that’s a good thing. A Through Rate is one rate that covers all railroads in a multi-railroad shipment. For example, moving from the west coast to the east, you’d pay one rate to the origin carrier, who is then responsible […]