Complete Coverage of U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Complete coverage of the N.A. intermodal situation, not only at the AAR top-line level, but in detail via the IANA data.  Seasonally adjusted trends for International, Domestic and Total.  Monthly reporting of internal volume for each of the three NAFTA nations, as well as detail on the cross-border movements between the U.S. and both Canada and Mexico and information on the top ten intermodal lanes.
Detailed Import/Export Data for U.S. and Western Canada
Timely, detailed import and export data for all U.S. ports, to which we add information on the Western Canadian ports as well.  Each issue contains import data for the previous month for seven major port regions including seasonally adjusted import trends and market share analysis and comprehensive import and export data a month later.

Volume and Rate Forecasts
Volume forecasts by sector from the best in the business.  Plus, our view of the intermodal rate situation and where its headed.

Equipment Trends
What’s happening with domestic containers, trailers and ISO containers.  Private vs. rail-owned equipment.  We break things down each month.

Intermodal Competitiveness Index 
FTR has created a proprietary Intermodal Competitveness Index which will provide a quick read on where things are heading in an overall intermodal sense versus over-the-road.

Enhanced Intermodal Train Speeds
Utilizing the self-reported data provided by the Class I’s, each issue will provide enhanced information on intermodal train speeds   

Quarterly Focus
Each month we do a “deep dive” on a relevant intermodal topic:

  • Intermodal Market Share
  • Ports and Transload Trends
  • Intermodal Length of Haul Trends

Detailed analysis and what it all means from a 36-year veteran of the intermodal world.

Intermodal Database 

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Database is available with history and forecast for data presented in the report. The database is updated every month and is distributed in Microsoft Excel format.

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The Intermodal Update Provides the Industry’s Leading Data, Forecasts, and Analysis

Each Issue Includes
  • A comprehensive overview of the current intermodal environment
  • Review of key trends by equipment type and lane
  • Analysis to help you understand how recent volumes compare with typical seasonality
  • Essential outlooks for Intermodal on freight volume, equipment type, and lanes
  • Monthly commentaries by FTR analysts highlighting relevant trends and issues which affect the intermodal market 
The Intermodal Update


Award Winning Forecasts

FTR's Macro-Economist, Bill Witte, has won 10 awards since 2005, including Best Overall Forecast by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2009, 2012, & 2014.

Evidence-Based Outcomes 
The FTR forecasting model, Freight•cast, is based on hard evidence and dynamic economic variables providing the most disciplined reporting and analysis. The Intermodal Update provides FTR subscribers reliable and accurate outlooks year after year, which support your own internal forecasting and planning. 

Meet the Lead Author


Larry Gross
Partner, FTR

(888) 988-1699 ext. 58

The Full Report

Lawrence J. Gross is a thirty-five-year veteran of the freight transportation sector specializing in intermodal and rail transport, with experience in the truck trailer, railcar and intermodal equipment segments.

Database Upgrade Available
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Customer Relations Team
(888) 988-1699, ext. 1

Helen Lile
VP, Customer Relations
(888) 988-1699, ext. 45

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Larry Gross, Partner and Intermodal Expert at FTR, gives an update on the current status of the intermodal situation, as well as reviews the substantial improvements FTR has made to the Intermodal Update report.


The cost of the Intermodal Update is $1,550 per year.

That's just $125 a month for the best data and analysis on the intermodal situation.