Wednesday, May 31, 2017

AAR: Carloads, intermodal continue climb

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Carload traffic on U.S. railroads continued a year-long gain, up 6.7% for the week ending May 27 from the same week a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Freight totaled 266,564 carloads, up 8% while intermodal volume comprised 281,539 containers and trailers, up 5.4% compared to 2016.

Four of 10 commodity groups tracked by the AAR posted an increase on-year, topped by grain, 26.9% to 24,740 carloads; coal, 25.3% to 82,481 carloads, and nonmetallic minerals, 11.4% to 39,421 carloads. Decliners included petroleum and petroleum products, 19.7% to 9,857 carloads; miscellaneous carloads, 6.7% to 10,365 carloads, and motor vehicles and parts, 6.2% to 17,720 carloads.

For the first 21 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,380,624 carloads, up 6.5%, and 5,531,759 intermodal units, up 2.1% from a year ago. Total combined U.S. traffic reached 10,912,383 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.2%.

North American rail volume for the week ending May 27 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 360,141 carloads, up 9% and 356,840 intermodal units, up 6.6%. Combined traffic was 716,981 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.8 percent. Volume for the first 21 weeks of this year was 14,451,456 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.3% from 2016.

Canadian railroads reported 75,985 carloads for the week, up 16.1%, and 63,564 intermodal units, up 12.5%. For the first 21 weeks cumulative volume of 2,983,034 carloads, containers and trailers outpaced 2016 by 10.9%.

For the week Mexican railroads reported 17,592 carloads, off 2.8%, and 11,737 intermodal units, up 5.2%. Cumulative volume for the first 21 weeks of 2017 was 556,039 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, a decline of 2.1% on-year.





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