Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weekly carloads increase again

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The Association of American Railroads said U.S. total rail traffic for the week ending July 8 was 453,080 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.4% compared with the same week in 2016.

Total carloads reached 229,501, up 1.1%, while intermodal volume was 223,579 containers and trailers, up 3.7%.

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by AAR posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They were nonmetallic minerals, 17.3% to 34,115 carloads; coal, 5.7% to 76,931 carloads, and chemicals, 4.4% to 29,246 carloads.

Commodity groups declining included petroleum and petroleum products, 19% to 8,449 carloads; miscellaneous carloads, 15.3% to 7,853 carloads, and grain, 13.3% to 18,062 carloads.

For the first 27 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,928,954 carloads, up 6.2% from the year-ago period, and 7,116,252 intermodal units, up 2.7%. Total combined traffic was 14,045,206 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.4%.

North American rail volume for the week on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 315,590 carloads, up 2.1% and 296,571 intermodal units, up 3.8%. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 612,161 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.9%. North American rail volume for the first 27 weeks of 2017 was 18,615,460 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.6% compared with 2016.

The July 4 holiday is included both in this year and the comparable week of 2016.

Canadian railroads reported 70,901 carloads for the week, up 6.1%, and 62,860 intermodal units, up 7.3% compared with the same week in 2016. For the first 27 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,843,482 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.6%.

Mexican railroads reported 15,188 carloads for the week, down 0.8%, and 10,132 intermodal units, down 12.5%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 27 weeks of 2017 was 726,772 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 1.6%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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