Thursday, August 02, 2012

Rail intermodal has best July in history

The Association of American Railroads reported Thursday that rail intermodal volume in July was 946,071 trailers and containers, up 5.6% compared with July 2011. U.S. rail carloads totaled 1,103,733, off 0.7%, compared with July 2011. The July 2012 weekly intermodal average of 236,518 trailers and containers was the highest July average in history. The association says the numbers are on track for a record year in 2012.

AAR also exported that for the week ending July 28, railroads originated 288,167 carloads, down 1.5% compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume totaled 25,319 trailers and containers, up 4.1%.

For the first 30 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of

8,428,551 carloads, down 2.6% from the same point last year, and 6,995,801 trailers and containers, up 3.65%.

Canadian railroads reported 77,093 carloads for the week, down 1.45% compared with the same week last year, and 55,775 trailers and containers, up 8.2% compared with 2011.

Mexican railroads reported 15,983 carloads for the week, up 1.7% from the same week last year, and 11,213 trailers and containers, up 20.8%.