Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ore up 11.5% in weekly carloads

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Intermodal traffic again outpaced overall rail freight for the week ending August 26 as imports flowed in for the retail holiday season, according to the Association of American Railroads.

U.S. weekly rail traffic was 551,776 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.3% compared with the same week in 2016. Freight totaled 272,153 carloads, up 1% while intermodal volume was 279,623 containers and trailers, up 3.6%.

Just four of 10 carload commodities tracked by AAR posted an increase on-year: Coal, up 5.2%; metallic ores and metals, up 11.5%; nonmetallic minerals, up 6.5%, and chemicals, up 3.1%.

Decliners were led by motor vehicles and parts, 16.7%; grain, 8.5%, and farm products excluding grain, and food, 9.3%.

For the first 34 weeks of 2017 U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,805,020 carloads, up 4.9%, and 9,075,045 intermodal units, up 3.4% from the same period a year ago. Total combined traffic was 17,880,065 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.1%.

North American rail volume for the week on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 371,895 carloads, up 4.1%, and 363,257 intermodal units, up 5.1%. Total combined traffic was 735,152 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.6%. Volume for the first 34 weeks of 2017 was 23,674,601 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.4%.

Canadian railroads reported 82,484 carloads for the week, up 15.2%, and 71,079 intermodal units, up 10.6%. For the first 34 weeks of this year volume was 4,872,097 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.6%.

Mexican railroads reported 17,258 carloads for the week, up 7.2%, and 12,555 intermodal units, up 10.6%. Cumulative volume for the first 34 weeks was 922,439 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 0.3% on-year.

 

 

 

 

 

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