Thursday, May 16, 2013

AAR notes U.S. freight traffic gains

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U.S. freight carload traffic rose 0.6% in the week ending May 11, 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, May 16, as U.S. intermodal volume continued its winning ways, up 3.9%, combining for a winning week overall, with total U.S. traffic up 2.1%.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR measures posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, not surprisingly led by petroleum and petroleum products, up 50.8%. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included grain, down 21.3%, and farm and food products, excluding grain, down 10%.

Canadian freight carload volume for the week ending May 11, by contrast, was down 1.2% measured against the comparable week in 2012. Canadian intermodal volume was up 1.8%. Mexican freight carload volume rose 5.3% for the week, but Mexican intermodal slipped, down 1.7%.

Combined North American freight carload volume for the 19 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was down 0.7% measured against eh comparable 2012 period. Combined North American intermodal, by contrast, advanced 4%.