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IANA collects and maintains a range of data on the performance of the North American intermodal freight network. This recent and multi-year industry trend data serves as a critical tool for the management of business across the intermodal supply chain.

Every quarter IANA’s Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics Report provides a comprehensive review of the industry by intermodal equipment and corridor, coupled with IMC loads and revenue. It examines key long term-trends and makes forward-looking statements in its outlook. Trucking industry results and their impact on intermodal provide additional perspective.

IANA also provides aggregate intermodal rail volume data in the Equipment Type, Size and Ownership database. The ETSO aids up-to-date performance benchmarking and allows for rapid adjustments to keep pace with changing industry trends. The annual subscription to the ETSO provides access to regional volume flow, various sizes and types of equipment, equipment ownership — whether private or rail-controlled, and cumulative data by month.

For more information on IANA’s Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics Report, or the Equipment Type, Size and Ownership database please visit: Intermodal Data Products.

What is the size, scope, and economic impact of the intermodal industry?

The size of the North American Intermodal market is $40 Billion.

  • 10,000+ 3PLs manage logistics for shippers across North America.
  • 6 MILLION intermodal shipments are arranged by 3PLs annually. 
  • $11 BILLION in revenues are generated annually by 3PLs managing U.S. intermodal.
Motor Carriers
  • 7,000 trucking companies deliver intermodal freight in North America.
  • 60 MILLION intermodal drayage moves are made annually.
  • 400,000 drivers are employed by U.S. drayage companies.
  • 10 North American carriers generate over $20 billion in revenue from intermodal.
  • 17 MILLION intermodal loads are moved by rail in the U.S. annually.
  • 25 PERCENT of U.S. railroad revenues come from intermodal freight.
Steamship Lines
  • 40+ steamship lines call on North American ports to provide intermodal service.
  • 17 MILLION TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) is the container vessel capacity of carriers serving North America.
  • 19,224 TEUs can be carried on the largest containership today.
Container Ports
  • 60 ports handle containers in North America.
  • 63 MILLION TEUs are moved through ports annually.
  • 1,000+ inland facilities service intermodal freight.

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