U.S. freight carload traffic fell 4.9% during the week when measured against the comparable week in 2012. U.S. intermodal volume rose 6.4%, with AAR noting the rise resulted in "the second highest week on record" for the category. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was up 0.3%.
Just four of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR tracks weekly posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including petroleum and petroleum products, up 10.4%, and motor vehicles and part, up 5.5%. Declining commodities included metallic ores and metals, down 14.0%, and coal, down 8.4%.
Canadian freight carload traffic fell sharply, down 8.2%, while Canadian intermodal volume moved up 2.2%. Mexican freight carload volume outshone U.S. and Canadian counterparts, up 3.2%, while Mexican intermodal volume also did well, up 12.5%.
Combined North American freight carload traffic for the 50 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 0.2% when measured against the comparable period in 2012. Combined North American intermodal volume for the period was up 4.3%.