Thursday, September 28, 2017

Record US, Canada intermodal volume

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The Association of American Railroads said U.S. rail volumes for the week ending September 23 set a new record for intermodal traffic in both the U.S. and Canada. Total U.S. traffic was 548,204 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.6% compared with the same week in 2016.

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Volumes totaled 263,200 carloads, down 2%, intermodal volume was 285,004 containers and trailers, up 5.1%.

Five of the AAR’s 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016 led by metallic ores and metals, 11.1%, and nonmetallic minerals, 8.4%. Commodity groups that posted decreases on-year included grain, 22%; petroleum and petroleum products, 11.5%; motor vehicles and parts, 5.3%, and coal, 3.6%.

For the first 38 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,833,998 carloads, up 4%, and 10,145,659 intermodal units, up 3.4% from the same period a year ago. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 38 weeks of 2017 was 19,979,657 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.7%.

North American rail volume for the week on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 360,341 carloads, down 1.2%, and 370,902 intermodal units, up 7.2%. Total combined traffic was 731,243 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.9%. North American rail volume for the first 38 weeks was 26,492,241 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.1%.

Canadian railroads reported 81,470 carloads for the week, up 1.2%, and 73,056 intermodal units, up 18.2% on-year. For the first 38 weeks of 2017, cumulative volume of 5,480,066 carloads, containers and trailers increased 11.5%.

Mexican railroads hauled 15,671 carloads for the week, down 0.6%, and 12,842 intermodal units, down 2.6%. Cumulative volume for the first 38 weeks of this year was 1,032,518 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 0.6%.

 

 

 

 

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