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North American rail volume falls 8.7pc in week ending December 21

NORTH AMERICAN rail volume for the week ending December 21 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 350,256 carloads, down 9

02 January 2020 - 19:00

NORTH AMERICAN rail volume for the week ending December 21 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 350,256 carloads, down 9.2 per cent and 348,566 intermodal units, down 8.2 per cent year on year, according to the Association of American Railroads (R).

Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 698,822 carloads and intermodal units, down 8.7 per cent. North American rail volume for the first 51 weeks of 2019 was 35,963,299 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.9 per cent compared with 2018.



Total US weekly rail traffic was 507,589 carloads and intermodal units, down 10.5 per cent compared with the same week last year.



Total carloads for the week ending December 21 were 245,048 carloads, down 11.5 per cent compared with the same week in 2018, while US weekly intermodal volume was 262,541 containers and trailers, down 9.5 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 711 carloads, to 14,119; and miscellaneous carloads, up 413 carloads, to 9,886.



Commodity groups that posted year-on-year decreases included coal, down 21,782 carloads, to 72,032; chemicals, down 2,739 carloads, to 32,380; and nonmetallic minerals, down 2,666 carloads, to 30,144.



For the first 51 weeks of 2019, US railways reported cumulative volume of 12,780,814 carloads, down 4.8 per cent from the same point last year; and 13,550,432 intermodal units, down 5.1 per cent from last year. Total combined US traffic for the first 51 weeks of 2019 was 26,331,246 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 4.9 per cent compared to last year.



Canadian railways reported 85,789 carloads for the week, down 2.6 per cent, and 67,940 intermodal units, down 5.2 per cent compared with the same week in 2018. For the first 51 weeks of 2019, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 7,706,077 carloads, containers and trailers, down 0.4 per cent.



Mexican railways reported 19,419 carloads for the week, down 7.2 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 18,085 intermodal units, up 1.7 per cent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railways for the first 51 weeks of 2019 was 1,925,976 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 2.9 per cent from the same point last year.


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