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North American rail freight up 1.3pc in penultimate November week

NORTH American rail volume for the week ending November 23 totalled 342,235 carloads, up 1

North American rail freight up 1.3pc in penultimate November week

NORTH American rail volume for the week ending November 23 totalled 342,235 carloads, up 1

29 November 2019 - 19:00

NORTH American rail volume for the week ending November 23 totalled 342,235 carloads, up 1.3 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 351,821 intermodal units, up 8.6 per cent compared with last year.

Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America from 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways was 694,056 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.9 per cent, reported Association of American Railroads (R).



But North American rail volume for the first 47 weeks of 2019 was 33,234,029 carloads and intermodal units, was down 3.3 per cent.



For this week, total US weekly rail traffic was 521,927 carloads and intermodal units, up 10.6 per cent compared with the same week last year.



Total carloads for the week ending November 23 were 251,901 carloads, up 7.6 per cent compared with the same week in 2018, while US weekly intermodal volume was 270,026 containers and trailers, up 13.5 per cent compared to 2018.



Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. They included nonmetallic minerals, up 7,573 carloads, to 33,069; chemicals, up 3,972 carloads, to 31,834; and motor vehicles and parts, up 3,625 carloads, to 17,757. One commodity group posted a decrease compared with the same week in 2018: coal, down 6,205 carloads, to 75,859.



For the first 47 weeks of 2019, US railways reported cumulative volume of 11,829,176 carloads, down 4.2 per cent from the same point last year; and 12,519,862 intermodal units, down 4.3 per cent from last year. Total combined US traffic for the first 47 weeks of 2019 was 24,349,038 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 4.2 per cent compared to last year.



Canadian railways reported 70,768 carloads for the week, down 16.4 per cent, and 65,247 intermodal units, down 5.4 per cent compared with the same week in 2018. For the first 47 weeks of 2019, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 7,108,842 carloads, containers and trailers, up 0.0 per cent.



Mexican railways reported 19,566 carloads for the week, up three per cent compared with the same week last year, and 16,548 intermodal units, down four per cent.



Cumulative volume on Mexican railways for the first 47 weeks of 2019 was 1,776,149 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 2.6 per cent from the same point last year.


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