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Indiaexportnews.com

North American rail traffic slips 4pc

  12.02.2019    

North American rail volume for the week ending January 26, on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 347,141 carloads, down 4.1 per cent compared year on year as well as 352,380 intermodal units, down 4.3 per cent.
North American rail volume for the first four weeks of 2019 was 2,780,179 carloads and intermodal units, up four per cent year on year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
For the week in question, total American rail traffic was 522,026 carloads while intermodal units were down four per cent.
Total US carloads for the week ending January 26 were 248,937 carloads, down 4.7 per cent compared with the same week in 2018, while US weekly intermodal volume was 273,089 containers and trailers, down 3.3 per cent year on year.
For the first four weeks of 2019, US railroads reported cumulative volume of 995,769 carloads, up 4.6 per cent from the same point last year; and 1,060,598 intermodal units, up 3.2 per cent from last year.
Total combined U.S. traffic for the first four weeks of 2019 was 2,056,367 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.9 percent compared to last year.
Canadian railways reported 80,560 carloads for the week, up 2.2 per cent, and 66,650 intermodal units, down 1.1 per cent year on year. For the first four weeks of 2019, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 590,626 carloads, containers and trailers, up 8.3 per cent.
Mexican railroads reported 17,644 carloads for the week, down 19.3 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 12,641 intermodal units, down 31.5 per cent.
Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first four weeks of 2019 was 133,186 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 10.6 percent from the same point last year.
Two of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. Petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,121 carloads to 13,627 and chemicals, up 297 carloads, to 31,190.
Commodity decreases included coal, down 4,400 carloads, to 82,471; miscellaneous carloads, down 2,695 carloads, to 8,246; and nonmetallic minerals, down 2,503 carloads, to 30,172.



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