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North American rail volumes up 0.8pc, but US intermodal up 11.5 pc

NORTH American rail volume for the week ending November 28 was up 0

07 December 2020 - 19:00
NORTH American rail volume for the week ending November 28 was up 0.8 per cent year on year to 308,361 carloads carried by 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways, released by Association of American Railroads (R).

Total US weekly rail traffic was 116,915 intermodal units, up 11.5 per cent compared with the same week last year.



Combined US carload and intermodal originations in November were 2,036,889, up 3.1 per cent, or 61,717 carloads and intermodal units from November 2019.



Commodities that saw declines in November 2020 from November 2019 included: coal, down 49,251 carloads or 16.9 per cent; petroleum and petroleum products, down 10,227 carloads or 19.9 per cent; and crushed stone, sand and gravel, down 7,819 carloads or 10.3 per cent.



The R reported US rail traffic for the week ending November 28, as well as volumes for November 2020.



'US rail traffic continued to make up lost ground in November,' said R vice president John T Gray. 'Excluding coal, total US rail carloads are now very close to where they were before the pandemic hit with grain volumes approaching record highs due to soybean exports.



'Meanwhile, US intermodal volumes have seen near record highs the past couple months due to both import volumes and internet purchasing by consumers.



Railroads join everyone else in hoping that the recent surge in Covid-19 infection rates across the country recedes quickly and that our nation can return to a path of improved personal and economic health,' Mr Gray said.



Canadian railways reported 81,713 carloads for the week, up 15.5 per cent, and 74,960 intermodal units, up 9.4 per cent compared with the same week in 2019.



For the first 48 weeks of 2020, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 6,899,077 carloads, containers and trailers, down 4.9 per cent.



Mexican railways reported 20,360 carloads for the week, up 0.7 per cent year on year, and 14,068 intermodal units, down 17.8 per cent.



Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 48 weeks of 2020 was 1,658,813 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 10.2 per cent year on year.


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