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North American weekly rail traffic down 12pc, intermodal off 11pc

NORTH American rail volume for the week ending August 22 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 320,649 carloads, down 12

31 August 2020 - 19:00

NORTH American rail volume for the week ending August 22 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 320,649 carloads, down 12.5 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 371,003 intermodal units, up 2.4 per cent compared with last year, reports the Association of American Railroads (R).

Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 691,652 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.1 per cent. North American rail volume for the first 34 weeks of 2020 was 21,420,948 carloads and intermodal units, down 11.2 per cent compared with 2019.



Total carloads for the week ending August 22 were 229,828 carloads, down 12 per cent compared with the same week in 2019, while US weekly intermodal volume was 285,086 containers and trailers, up five per cent compared to 2019.



Two of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2019. They were grain, up 1,489 carloads, to 22,530; and farm products excluding grain, and food, up 705 carloads, to 15,951.



Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2019 included coal, down 16,929 carloads, to 64,500; nonmetallic minerals, down 8,464 carloads, to 30,294; and metallic ores and metals, down 2,467 carloads, to 18,981.



For the first 34 weeks of 2020, US railways reported cumulative volume of 7,222,554 carloads, down 16 per cent from the same point last year; and 8,327,873 intermodal units, down eight per cent from last year.



Total combined US traffic for the first 34 weeks of 2020 was 15,550,427 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 11.9 per cent compared to last year.



Canadian railways reported 71,766 carloads for the week, down 14.2 per cent, and 68,970 intermodal units, down 5.8 per cent compared with the same week in 2019. For the first 34 weeks of 2020, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 4,713,185 carloads, containers and trailers, down 8.6 per cent.



Mexican railways reported 19,055 carloads for the week, down 12 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 16,947 intermodal units, down 2.9 per cent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railways for the first 34 weeks of 2020 was 1,157,336 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 10.7 per cent from the same point last year.


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