Thursday, August 15, 2013

Intermodal leads U.S. weekly traffic gain

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
The Association of American Railroads, for the week ending Aug. 10, 2013 reported intermodal volume of 257,969 units, up 6.1% compared with the same week last year, and 288,803 carloads, down 0.2% compared with the 2012 week. Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 546,772 combined carloads and intermodal units, up 2.7% compared with last year.

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, led by petroleum and petroleum products with 12,726 carloads, up 16.8%. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included grain, with 16,754 carloads, down 11.4%.

For the first 32 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,890,938 carloads, down 1.3% from the same point last year, and 7,747,032 intermodal units, up 3.5% from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 32 weeks of 2013 was 16,637,970 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.9% from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 75,962 carloads for the week, up 7.3% compared with the same week last year, and 53,490 intermodal units, up 1.1% compared with 2012. For the first 32 weeks of 2013, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,482,612 carloads, up 1.4% from the same point last year, and 1,690,604 intermodal units, up 4.0% from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,954 carloads for the week, up 12.5% compared with the same week last year, and 10,287 intermodal units, down 6.5%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 32 weeks of 2013 is 494,948 carloads, up 9.1% from the same point last year, and 303,999 intermodal units, down 0.9% from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the 32 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads totaled 11,868,498 carloads, down 0.3% compared with the same point last year, and 9,741,635 trailers and containers, up 3.5% compared with last year.