Thursday, May 05, 2011

U.S. carload freight flat, intermodal up, says AAR

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U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending April 30 was “flat” compared with the same week in 2010, but U.S. intermodal traffic advanced 7.8% compared with the same period, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.

aar_logo.jpgAAR said nine of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases from the comparable week in 2010, led by metallic ores, up 22.1%. Primary forest products, down 23.5%, led the declining groups.

Canadian freight carload traffic rose 5.4% from last year, while Canadian intermodal volume rose 3.1%. Mexican freight carload traffic also rose, up 15.1% compared with the same week in 2010, while intermodal soared 38%.

Combined North American freight carload volume for the first 17 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 3.3% compared with the same point last year, with intermodal up 7.9% compared with last year.