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Indiaexportnews.com

North American rail traffic up 2.8pc

  05.03.2018    

Total US rail traffic was 528,440 carloads and intermodal units in the week ending February 24, up 2.8 per cent year on year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Total carloads for that week numbered 251,970, down 1.3 per cent compared with the same week in 2017, while US weekly intermodal volume was 276,470 containers and trailers, up 6.7 per cent compared to 2017.
Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2017. They included coal, up 781 carloads, to 85,600; petroleum and petroleum products, up 602 carloads, to 10,047; and farm products excluding grain and food, up 103 carloads, to 16,494.
Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2017 included grain, down 1,157 carloads, to 20,143; motor vehicles and parts, down 1,093 carloads, to 17,527; and non-metallic minerals, down 1,044 carloads, to 31,511.
For the first eight weeks of 2018, US railways reported cumulative volume of 1,980,887 carloads, down 2.4 per cent from the same point last year; and 2,134,607 intermodal units, up 4.3 per cent from last year. Total combined US traffic for the first eight weeks of 2018 was 4,115,494 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of one per cent compared to last year.
North American rail volume for the week ending February 24 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 346,089 carloads, down 2.7 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 363,753 intermodal units, up 6.4 per cent compared with last year.
Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 709,842 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.8 per cent. North American rail volume for the first eight weeks of 2018 was 5,528,880 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.7 per cent compared with 2017.
Canadian railways reported 72,911 carloads for the week, down 6.7 per cent, and 68,277 intermodal units, up 6.1 per cent compared with the same week in 2017. For the first eight weeks of 2018, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 1,111,750 carloads, containers and trailers, level with the same week last year.
Mexican railways reported 21,208 carloads for the week, down 4.8 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 19,006 intermodal units, up 2.9 per cent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railways for the first eight weeks of 2018 was 301,636 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 1.1 per cent from the same point last year.



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