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North American rail traffic falls 7.9pc, but boxes up 1.3pc

  02.04.2019    

North American rail volume for the week ending March 23 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 340,310 carloads, down 7.9 per cent compared with the same week last year, but up 1.3 per cent in terms of intermodal traffic which came to 352,422 units.
For the week, total US weekly rail traffic was 503,017 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.5 per cent compared with the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Total carloads for the week ending March 23 were 236,817 carloads, down 10.9 per cent compared with the same week in 2018, while US weekly intermodal volume was 266,200 containers and trailers, up 2.1 per cent compared to 2018.
Two of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. They were petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,233 carloads, to 12,132; and motor vehicles and parts, up 422 carloads, to 17,102.
Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included coal, down 22,096 carloads, to 65,317; chemicals, down 3,110 carloads, to 30,682; and metallic ores and metals, down 2,327 carloads, to 19,978.
Canadian railways reported 82,708 carloads for the week, essentially unchanged from 2018, and 71,236 intermodal units, up 0.5 per cent compared with the same week in 2018.
For the first 12 weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 1,731,946 carloads, containers and trailers, up 1.2 per cent.
Mexican railroads reported 20,785 carloads for the week, down 1.6 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 14,986 intermodal units, down 7.2 per cent.
Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 12 weeks of 2019 was 428,928 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down seven per cent from the same point last year.



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