America’s freight railroads operate the safest, most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sound freight transportation system in the world — and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) is committed to keeping it that way. Founded in 1934, AAR is the world’s leading railroad policy, research, standard setting, and technology organization that focuses on the safety and productivity of the U.S. freight rail industry. AAR Full members include the major freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. AAR Railroad Affiliate and Associate Members include non-Class I and commuter railroads, rail supply companies, engineering firms, signal and communications firms, and rail car owners.
It is the mission of the UIIA to promote intermodal productivity and operating efficiencies through the development of uniform industry processes and procedures governing the interchange of intermodal equipment between ocean carriers, railroads, equipment leasing companies and intermodal trucking companies. Benefits of participation include:
- Drastically reduces the administration of the interchange process increasing staff productivity.
- Eliminates the need of managing individual interchange contracts and Equipment Provider collecting or Motor Carriers sending separate insurance filings.
- UIIA collects insurance certificates and validates carrier against Equipment Provider’s requirements.
- Web based application offers online insurance submission that expedites the renewal process for agents submitting policy certifications for UIIA Motor Carriers.
- The UIIA Web Validator, via the Internet provides real-time Motor Carrier status information and reports 7days/week, 24 hours/day.
- UIIA manages addendum process and administers changes required by Equipment Providers.
- UIIA controls the Equipment Provider’s specific Motor Carriers as a subset of a database of more than 7,100 UIIA Motor Carriers by SCAC code and/or EP internal code.
- Random audits of Motor Carrier’s insurance policies at request of participating Equipment Providers.
- Extended Service hours of 8:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m. during which time experienced customer service representatives are available to assist your company.
- Value Added Service available to participating Equipment Providers that provides motor carrier interchange status information directly to terminals, container yards and depots the Equipment Provider utilizes.
The group was founded in 1961 as a forum for railroad operation officials to discuss mutual challenges related to the emergence of “piggyback” transportation. Over the years we have expanded both our scope of membership and our types of activities. We were incorporated in 1987 under Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation Act. In 1992 we changed our name from the “Piggyback Association of Chicago” to the “Intermodal Association of Chicago” to better reflect both trailer and containerization in the intermodal industry.
IANA is North America’s leading industry trade association representing the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. IANA’s membership roster of over 1,000 corporate members includes railroads — Class I, short-line and regional; water carriers and stacktrain operators; port authorities; intermodal truckers and over-the-road highway carriers; intermodal marketing and logistics companies; and suppliers to the industry such as equipment manufacturers, intermodal leasing companies and consulting firms. IANA’s associate (non-voting) members include shippers (defined as the beneficial owners of the freight to be shipped), academic institutions, government entities and non-profit associations.