Friday, July 05, 2013

Midyear traffic volumes: Carloads flat, intermodal up

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
At the midyear point of 2013 (26 out of 52 weeks in), combined North American rail volume on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads totaled 9,650,841 carloads, down 0.4% compared with the same point last year—essentially flat—and 7,878,808 trailers and containers, up 3.7% compared with last year, the Association of American Railroads said on Wednesday, July 3.

Drilling down, for the first 26 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,217,899 carloads, down 1.5% from the same point last year, and 6,270,438 intermodal units, up 3.6% from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 26 weeks of 2013 was 13,488,337 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.8% from last year. Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,034,514 carloads, up 1.9% from the same point last year, and 1,365,539 intermodal units, up 4.4% from last year. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 26 weeks of 2013 was 398,428 carloads, up 9.4% from the same point last year, and 242,831 intermodal units, down 0.2% from last year.

For the week ending June 29, 2013, total U.S. weekly carloads of 281,367 were up 1% compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,673 units, down 1.5%, compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. traffic for the week was 531,040 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.2% compared with the same week last year. Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, led by petroleum and petroleum products, up 26.6%. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included grain, down 13.8%.

Canadian railroads reported 75,038 carloads for the week, down 3.8% compared with the same week last year, and 53,920 intermodal units, down 1.2% compared with 2012. Mexican railroads reported 17,077 carloads for the week, up 13.9% compared with the same week last year, and 10,384 intermodal units, down 0.1%.