Thursday, August 10, 2017

Carloads gain as Canada sets intermodal mark

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CN 8879 East crosses the North Thompson Bridge at Kamloops, B.C. CN 8879 East crosses the North Thompson Bridge at Kamloops, B.C. H.J. Mueller via Vimeo

The Association of American Railroads said U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 29 was 550,356 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.5% from the same week a year ago.

Total traffic was 270,006 carloads, down 1.5%, while U.S. intermodal volume was 280,350 containers and trailers, up 6.8%.

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that AAR follows weekly posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They were nonmetallic minerals, 6.5% to 40,192 carloads; coal, 2.4% to 92,430 carloads, and chemicals, 1.7% to 31,556 carloads.

Commodity groups that posted decreases included grain, 16% to 20,725 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, 14.2% to 8,910 carloads, and motor vehicles and parts, 13.9% to 15,008 carloads.

North American rail volume for the week ending July 29 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 363,946 carloads, up 0.7% and 362,580 intermodal units, up 9.6%. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 726,526 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.9%. North American rail volume for the first 30 weeks of 2017 was 20,757,326 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.4% compared with 2016.

Canadian railroads reported 77,869 carloads for the week, up 8.4%, and 71,202 intermodal units, up 14.9% – the best-ever week for Canadian intermodal rail traffic. For the first 30 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 4,276,788 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.5%.

Mexican railroads reported 16,071 carloads for the week, up 3.7% from same week a year ago, and 11,028 intermodal units, up 73.4%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 30 weeks of 2017 was 810,819 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 0.3%.

 

 

 

 

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