SoCal truck demand spiking on record intermodal rates, railyard congestion

Demand for trucking capacity in Southern California has been on a tear over the last four weeks owing to congestion at inland intermodal terminals, steamship lines and Class I railroads restricting the number of ocean containers flowing inland, and spot intermodal rates that have eclipsed short-term truckload pricing.

Shippers nervous about containers sitting at the Port of Los Angeles or Port of Long Beach for weeks awaiting a train, or worried about train service and chassis availability at inland rail ramps, have turned to trucking as a solution.

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