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North American weekly rail traffic down 6.9pc, intermodal up 3.7pc

NORTH American rail volume for the week ending September 19 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 327,915 carloads, down 6

29 September 2020 - 04:54

NORTH American rail volume for the week ending September 19 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 327,915 carloads, down 6.9 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 385,132 intermodal units, up 3.7 per cent compared with last year, reports the Association of American Railroads (R).

For the week, total US weekly rail traffic was 521,956 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.3 per cent compared with the same week last year.



Total carloads for the week ending September 19 were 226,687 carloads, down 9.6 per cent year on year, while US weekly intermodal volume was 295,269 containers and trailers, up 6.3 per cent compared to 2019.



Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2019. They were grain, up 3,059 carloads, to 22,130; motor vehicles and parts, up 1,539 carloads, to 17,610; and farm products excluding grain, and food, up 733 carloads, to 15,471.



Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2019 included coal, down 17,305 carloads, to 61,456; nonmetallic minerals, down 6,001 carloads, to 30,609; and metallic ores and metals, down 2,360 carloads, to 19,543.



Canadian railways reported 82,891 carloads for the week, up 1.3 per cent, and 74,331 intermodal units, down 0.5 per cent compared with the same week in 2019. For the first 38 weeks of 2020, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 5,316,735 carloads, containers and trailers, down 7.9 per cent.



Mexican railroads reported 18,337 carloads for the week, down 6.5 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 15,532 intermodal units, down 17.2 per cent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 38 weeks of 2020 was 1,311,906 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 9.7 per cent from the same point last year.


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