Worldwide Intermodal Freight Transportation Industry to 2025 - Rail and Road Transport is Expected to Hold Significant Share -

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The "Intermodal Freight Transportation Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)" report has been added to's offering.

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Market is expected to register a CAGR of 8.27% over the forecast period from 2020 to 2025.

Companies Mentioned

  • Oracle Corporation

  • Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp

  • HighJump (Korber AG)

  • Blue Yonder Group, Inc. (JDA Software)

  • Transplace, Inc.

  • GE Transportation (Wabtec Corporation)

  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (Descartes Aljex)

  • Motorola Solutions, Inc.

  • Elemica, Inc. (Eyefreight BV)

  • Envase Technologies

Key Market Trends

Rail and Road Transport is Expected to Hold Significant Share

Intermodal transportation provides predictable and reliable shipment of freight, and it's available at a compelling price and could be integrated into existing freight transportation systems. The United States rail industry accounts for more than 40 tons of freight per capita, and intermodal shipments usually take place in 53-foot-long containers. One intermodal train can move the same amount of freight as 280 trucks, according to an estimate by railroad CSX. Shippers, in general, are considering multiple factors when looking to use intermodal transportation, such as inefficiencies related to railroad conversions to precision scheduled railroading (PSR), the availability of shipping equipment, load pricing, and the ongoing truck driver shortage.

The international and domestic intermodal sector has not entered the restart phase in terms of returning to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, failing to exhibit the same bounce back seen in trucking, and railroads may not see a full recovery until some point in 2021. Shippers will be slower to return to rail because discretionary spending and industrial production will take a while to recover, and truckload rates will be very competitive. Intermodal volume had fallen between 10 and 20% below the five-year average in each week of the second quarter of 2020, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR), reaching its low point in mid-March, when the volume was down 18% from the same week over the last five years. According to AAR, the intermodal volume has declined 15% in the first nine weeks of the second quarter and 11% in 2020 through the end of May.

North America is Expected to Hold Significant Share

The intermodal freight transportation market in the North American region is increasingly dependent on the consumer economy's demand. The rail industry in the region is concentrating on creating new intermodal services that can successfully rival the over the road options.

In August 2019, Canadian National Railway (CN) and CSX Transportation announced a new intermodal service offering between CN's greater Montreal and Southern Ontario areas, and the CSX-served ports of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and the New York City metropolitan area. This intermodal offering is expected to convert long-haul trucks to interline various rail services. Trains will be able to run directly into the center of Toronto and Montreal's urban markets via CN intermodal yards, making this partnership a natural opportunity for both railroads.

In North America, total intermodal volumes decreased 7.4% in the last quarter of 2019, comparing year-on-year with 2018, according to the Intermodal Association of North America. Domestic containers decreased by 2.7%, international shipments, and trailers decreased by 9.1% and 21.4%, respectively. The region is also witnessing significant new players entering the market. For instance, in May 2020, The Firmament Group, a provider of tailored debt and equity capital solutions to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), announced the formation and launch of Envase Technologies, a provider of cloud-based transportation management systems and mobile applications for intermodal transportation providers, including third-party logistics companies, drayage carriers, global freight forwarders, and intermodal marketing companies. The company will provide service to 500+ intermodal customers spanning ports and terminals across nearly all 50 states in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Key Topics Covered:





4.1 Market Overview

4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

4.3 Assessment on the impact due to COVID-19


5.1 Market Drivers

5.1.1 Increasing need for effective and cost-efficient means of transportation by global supply chains

5.1.2 Rising awareness regarding the reduction of carbon footprint

5.2 Market Challenges

5.2.1 Lack of effective effective planning and communication can increase transportation costs


6.1 By Component

6.1.1 Software

6.1.2 Service

6.2 By Transportation Mode

6.2.1 Rail and Road Transport

6.2.2 Air and Road Transport

6.2.3 Maritime and Road Transport

6.2.4 Other Transportation Modes

6.3 End-User Industry

6.3.1 Industrial and Manufacturing

6.3.2 Oil and Gas

6.3.3 Consumer and Retail

6.3.4 Food & Beverage

6.3.5 Construction

6.3.6 Other End-User Industries

6.4 Geography

6.4.1 North America

6.4.2 Europe

6.4.3 Asia-Pacific

6.4.4 Latin America

6.4.5 Middle East and Africa


7.1 Company Profiles



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