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US rail traffic drops slightly by 1.1pc in February: AARA data

  07.03.2019    

US weekly rail traffic totalled 522,630 carloads and intermodal units in the week ending February 23, a year-on-year decrease of 1.1 per cent, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Total carloads for the week ending February 23 were 256,954 carloads, up two per cent compared with the same week last year, while US weekly intermodal volume was 265,676 containers and trailers, down 3.9 per cent.
Seven of the ten carload commodity groups posted growth. They included petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,135 carloads to 12,188; miscellaneous carloads, up 1,874 carloads to 9,749; and grain, up 1,636 carloads to 21,695.
Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 were motor vehicles and parts, down 819 carloads to 16,705; farm products - excluding grain - and food, down 704 carloads to 15,792; and chemicals, down 613 carloads to 30,982, AJOT reported.
For the first eight weeks of this year, US railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,987,943 carloads, up 0.4 per cent, and 2,133,036 intermodal units, down 0.1 per cent. Total combined US traffic for the first eight weeks of 2019 was 4,120,979 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 0.1 per cent compared to last year.
North American rail volume for the week ending February 23, on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railroads totalled 353,012 carloads, up 1.9 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 350,312 intermodal units, down 3.6 per cent compared with last year.
Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 703,324 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.9 per cent. North American rail volume for the first eight weeks of 2019 was 5,535,619 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.1 per cent compared with 2018.
Canadian railroads reported 74,785 carloads for the week, up 2.4 per cent, and 66,290 intermodal units, down 2.8 per cent compared with the same week in 2018. For the first eight weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 1,140,368 carloads, containers and trailers, up 2.7 per cent.
Mexican railroads reported 21,273 carloads for the week, down 0.3 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 18,346 intermodal units, down 2.7 per cent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first eight weeks of 2019 was 274,272 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 9.4 per cent from the same point last year.



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