Thursday, September 14, 2017

Narrow gains for U.S. carloads

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Traffic on U.S. railroads totaled 486,474 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.8% compared with the same week in 2016.

Total freight for the week ending September 9 was 247,930 carloads, down 1.9%, while intermodal volume was 238,544 containers and trailers, up 3.6% on-year, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by AAR posted an increase from the year-ago week: Coal, 6.1%; metallic ores and metals, 9.9%, and chemicals, 3.4%.

Among decliners were petroleum and petroleum products, 24.1%; grain, 22.8%, and motor vehicles and parts, 11.4%.

For the first 36 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,310,027 carloads, up 4.4%, and 9,590,652 intermodal units, up 3.4%. Total combined U.S. traffic was 18,900,679 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.9% from a year ago.

Weekly North American rail volume on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 343,559 carloads, up 1.2%, and 312,397 intermodal units, up 4.7%. Total combined weekly rail traffic was 655,956 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.9%. North American rail volume for the first 36 weeks of 2017 was 25,045,039 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.2%.

Canadian railroads reported 79,197 carloads for the week, up 10.2%, and 62,938 intermodal units, up 11.7% compared with the same week in 2016. For the first 36 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 5,166,593 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.5%.

Mexican railroads reported 16,432 carloads for the week, up 10.3%, and 10,915 intermodal units, down 8.4%. Cumulative volume for the first 36 weeks of 2017 was 977,767 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 0.5%.