U.S. intermodal volume continued its own trend of modest gains, up 1.1% for the week compared with the same week a year ago.
AAR said 12 of the 20 carload commodity groups it measures posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, including petroleum products, up 39%, metallic ores, up 16.7%, and motor vehicles and equipment, up 15.3%. Groups with signficiant declines included farm products excluding grain, down 28.1%, coal, down 18.2%, and grain, down 16.3%.
Canadian freight carload volume continued its own, more positive trend, up 5.2% for the week ending April 14 compared with the same week last year. Canadian intermodal also rose, up 13.8% compared with a year ago. Mexican freight carload volume declined 14.9% for the week, but Mexican intermodal advanced 25.2% compared to a year ago.
Combined North American freight carload volume for the first 15 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was down 1.8% measured against the comparable period in 2011. Combined intermodal volume was up 3.6% for the same period.