Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which IANA publications accept advertising?
A: One publication accepts advertisements, as well as the IANA Web site.:
- Intermodal Insights, published monthly, accepts both member and non-member advertisements
- Intermodal Marketplace, the online buyers guide for the intermodal industry
Q: What kind of artwork is acceptable for Intermodal Insights?
A: Preferred format is a high-resolution, press quality PDF file, with all fonts embedded. Other acceptable formats include any major publishing software, such as Quark, In-Design, Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. Please note: we cannot accept Microsoft Word or Publisher files. However, these documents can be converted to press-quality PDF files.
Q: When are Intermodal Insights ads due?
A: Ads are due on the 15th of the month prior to the issue date. For example, an ad for the February issue is due January 15th.
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Q: How do I send my ad to IANA?
A: Electronic artwork may be submitted by email or on disk. Preferred format is high-resolution PDF. Email the electronic file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What is the Intermodal Expo?
A: The Intermodal Expo is the premier multimodal freight transportation exhibition. It has become one of the most respected trade shows in both the domestic and international arena, introducing more products and services than any other transportation or logistics conference of its kind.
In recent years, the Intermodal Association of North America co-located its Intermodal Expo with The National Industrial Transportation League’s TransComp Exhibition. This successful partnership, which brings all of the freight transportation partners together under one roof, provides the opportunity for those participating to reach a larger audience and expand their business relationships through increased networking opportunities. In addition, the Expo/TransComp offers the most attractive opportunity for exhibitors to present their products to key transportation and logistics decision makers. The Expo/TransComp also is known for its wide variety of high-quality educational sessions.
Q: Who exhibits at the Intermodal Expo?
A: Companies who market to buyers of intermodal transportation products and services exhibit at this event. Exhibiting companies include rail, motor, water carrier and intermodal marketing companies, state-of-the-art equipment manufacturers and lessors; marine terminals and port authorities; manufacturers of equipment components including: tires, brakes, and on-board devices; freight forwarders and customs brokers; information technology providers; and, industry publications.
Q: Who attends the Intermodal Expo?
A: The Intermodal Expo attracts many of the nation’s intermodal transportation decision makers and public sector policy leaders. Attendees include senior level executives from all modes of freight transportation; third party logistics providers; port authorities and terminal operators; and marketers and buyers of intermodal transportation products and services.
Q: How can I obtain information on exhibiting at this year’s Intermodal Expo?
A: Information on exhibiting at this year’s show can
be obtained by logging onto www.freightexpo.net.
Q: How can I obtain information on registering to attend the IANA’s Intermodal Expo/?
A: Information on attending this year’s event can be found on IANA’s Web site. Click here to
Q: My company is a member of IANA. Am I entitled to register at the discounted member rate?
A: Yes. IANA is comprised of corporate memberships. Any individual who is employed by a member company is entitled to receive the member registration rate. There are substantial savings for early registration by members. For 2012, that savings was $250, or more than 25 percent.
Q: Does IANA offer a “One-Day” pass to visit the trade show only?
A: A one-day pass is not available, but IANA offers a special registration fee for those individuals who wish to visit only the trade show. The registration is good for admittance to the trade show floor on any day during the length of the show. “Trade Show Only” registration includes admittance to the Opening and Closing session, and any event that is held on the trade show floor. This registration category DOES NOT include admittance to educational sessions, or any other social functions or events that are NOT held on the trade show floor.
Q: How can I reserve a block of sleeping rooms for this event?
A: All requests for housing, including requests for suites, must be made through the Official Housing Bureau on the appropriate housing form and faxed directly to the housing bureau for processing.
Q: How can I become a Sponsor of an IANA event?
A: IANA offers its members the opportunity to participate
in a year-long Sponsorship Program that provides the member company with various
levels of exposure, based on the level of sponsorship. IANA also provides
members who exhibit at the Intermodal Expo with the opportunity to participate
in special advertising opportunities in connection with or that take place during
that event. Click
here for information on IANA’s sponsorship program or contact
Jim Morrow at 301-982-3400, ext. 314.
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Q: Have dates and sites been chosen for future Intermodal Expo events?
A: Yes. It is relatively easy to remember the dates of the upcoming Intermodal Expo, as it is scheduled to take place Sunday through Tuesday of the week before Thanksgiving. Future events are scheduled to be held in the following cities:
- 2013 – November 17-19, Houston, Texas
- 2014 –September 21-23, Long Beach, California
- 2015 –September 20-22, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 2016 –September 18-20, Houston, Texas
- 2017 –September 17-19, Long Beach, California
- 2018 –September 16-18, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Q: What kind information can be submitted for inclusion in Intermodal Insights?
A: IANA accepts general information on new products, services, facilities, personnel changes, awards, earnings reports, upcoming industry meetings and letters to the editor. Material which constitutes an advertisement for a specific product or service are not acceptable. Items are included based on level of interest for our membership and are placed on a space-available basis at the sole discretion of IANA.
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Q: Where should I submit my company’s press release?
A: Email your press release to email@example.com or fax to 301-982-4815. Must be received at IANA by the 10th of the month to be considered for inclusion in the next monthly issue.
Q: What is the Intermodal Marketplace?
A: The Intermodal Marketplace is IANA's online buyers' guide, a key resource that contains hundreds of companies offering thousands of products and services. It is fully-searchable by category, keyword and company name, providing the most industry-relevant search results.
Q: Where do I find the Intermodal Marketplace?
A: Users can reach the Intermodal Marketplace from the home page of IANA's Web site or may download a desktop search tool.
Q: Why download a desktop search tool?
A: The Intermodal Marketplace desktop search tool can be downloaded directly to your computer desktop from the "Tools" section found on the Marketplace home page. The small, noninvasive, movable search window will ensure that you are always just a click away from this invaluable industry resource. The tool loads no spyware or adware to your computer and can be removed at any time.
Q: What types of companies are included in the Intermodal Marketplace?
A: Every IANA member company is listed in the Marketplace, including intermodal truckers and over-the-road highway carriers, railroads, 3PLs, ocean carriers, port authorities, stacktrain operators, as well as every type of supplier to the industry. These cover the full range of providers of information technology, insurance and financial services, leasing companies, equipment and component manufacturers, terminal designers and operators, academic institutions and many, many more.
Q: Are there additional branding opportunities available?
A: There are a variety of ways to enhance your company listing and add features to showcase your products and services, such as priority and premium placement at the top of a category, banner ads on the home page and interior category page and the home page new product showcase. Click here for a complete list of offerings.
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Q: How can my company be listed in the Intermodal Marketplace?
A: Inclusion in the Intermodal Marketplace is an exclusive members-only benefit. Click here to join or contact Jim Morrow, assistant vice president, member services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-982-3400, ext. 314.
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Q: How do I determine if I am qualified to become an IANA member?
A: Membership in the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) is open to companies and individuals involved in the intermodal freight transportation industry and those who do business with those companies.
Q: What type of membership options does IANA offer?
A: IANA membership is categorized into five voting categories, called Divisions, and two non-voting categories. Voting membership is corporate. The five voting membership divisions are: 3PL, Motor Carrier, Rail, Supplier and Marine. The non-voting membership categories are At-Large and Associate.
Q: How do I determine which membership type or division is most applicable to my company?
A: Click here to view the membership divisions. You may also view the listings of member companies within each division to help determine which division is most applicable. If you are still unsure, contact Jim Morrow, assistant vice president, member services, at email@example.com or 301-982-3400, ext. 314.
Q: My company could qualify in more than one IANA division. Which division should we join?
A: Each member company is limited to one membership division. Select the most appropriate division for the services your company performs in the intermodal sector. Companies that have subsidiaries, divisions, or associated companies with separate business identities may also qualify for separate membership(s) in another IANA Division.
Q: My company provides product or services to some of your members. Am I eligible to join IANA?
A: Your company will most likely qualify in our Supplier Division. Members of this division provide a wide range of products and services, including equipment and component manufacturing, consulting, insurance, software, and security products. Please see the Supplier Division members list to see the companies currently in this division.
Q: Can individuals join IANA or is membership open to only to corporate companies?
A: IANA’s voting membership is comprised of corporate members. Each member company assigns one "voting" or primary member contact to represent their company. An individual currently employed by a member company can become an At-Large member. At-Large members receive the same benefits, excluding voting privileges.
Q: What is an Associate member and how do we determine if we qualify?
A: Associate membership is limited to individuals from the government, military, shippers/receivers (beneficial cargo owners), academia, media and students. Associates are non-voting members. If you are unsure if you qualify, contact Jim Morrow, assistant vice president, member services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-982-3400, ext. 314.
Q: My company is not an IANA member. Can I join as an At-Large member?
A: At-Large membership is open only to individuals who are employees of IANA member companies in good standing. At-Large memberships are accepted on an individual basis and are transferable between individuals within the same member organization. At-Large membership is not transferable between different member companies.
Q: My company is an IANA member. Where are the benefits of becoming an At-Large member?
A: In addition to the benefits that voting members receive, excluding voting privileges, At-Large members also receive a discount at the annual Intermodal Operations & Maintenance Seminar held each spring in Oak Brook, Illinois. Click here to download an At-Large membership application, which contains full details on the applicable benefits.
Q: My company is not interested in voting privileges. Are there any other membership categories available to us?
A: Not at this time. If your company provides an intermodal product or service your membership eligibility generally falls within one of the IANA Divisions, which are: 3PL, Marine, Motor Carrier, Rail and Supplier. Non-voting memberships are allowed only as described above.
Q: As a corporate member, which member benefits apply to my company’s employees?
A: Any individual who is employed by a member company is entitled to receive the member rate for products, publications and registration for IANA events. They receive two complimentary issues of Intermodal Insights, are eligible to join as At-Large members and to serve on IANA committees and task forces.
Q: My company participates in the UIIA (Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement,) program. Is the company automatically an IANA member?
A: No. A UIIA participant must join IANA and pay membership dues to become an IANA member. A discount on the UIIA annual participation fee is applicable to participants that are also IANA members.
Q: How are IANA membership dues determined?
A: IANA member annual dues are based upon the greater amount of annual intermodal revenue or expense. Click here to view the Schedule of Dues as shown on the IANA Membership Application.
Q: Are IANA membership dues based upon calendar year?
A: Membership dues are based upon a twelve-month cycle, with the membership anniversary date established as the first day of the month joined. Annual membership begins when the first year’s dues are paid. Dues for renewal of membership are invoiced annually prior to the anniversary date.
Q: How can I participate in the sponsorship program?
A: The annual sponsorship program is open to all IANA members. You may start your participation at any time during the calendar year. However, to reap the most from your sponsorship investment, you may sign up for next year’s program in December of the current year. Click here for complete details.
Q: Can I become a sponsor for the Intermodal Expo?
A: There is no sponsorship program specifically for the Intermodal Expo. The annual sponsorship program is designed to provide benefits throughout the entire year. Some of those benefits are related to and provide a variety of exposures related to the Intermodal Expo.
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