COVID-19 consumer behaviours and reliance on e-commerce have only been rising, and freight transportation services are continuously in high demand. With the recent record-breaking surge in shipping demand across the US, players in the supply chain industry have been doing their best to stay in the game.
Two of the United States’ largest freight railroad companies, BNSF Railway, and Norfolk Southern Railway are diverting containers to other depot locations as they consider how to handle the most recent stream of requests for intermodal shipping.
In an effort to meet increased demand, BNSF has brought back its international intermodal service in its Harvard intermodal facility in Marion, Arkansas. The facility will now also receive ocean containers coming from Long Beach Total Terminals.
Norfolk Southern Railway is executing a similar move and is planning to reopen its intermodal facility in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. They also want to ease congestion and help the flow of commerce across US transportation. Their facility will handle containers from Memphis.
According to the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the US Class I railroads have been transporting an average of 324,560 containers per week since the start of 2021, which is a 13.5% increase compared to 2020. And across North America, all Class I railroads have been handling triple the amount of containers than last year.