AAR reports rail traffic for North America
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported the latest North American rail traffic for the week ending 26 September 2020.
For this week, total US weekly rail traffic was 518 290 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.1% compared with the same week last year.
Total carloads for the week ending 26 September totalled 224 146 carloads (down 10.5% compared with the same week in 2019), while US weekly intermodal volumes amounted to 294 144 containers and trailers (up 5.5% compared to 2019).
Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2019. They were grain, up 7061 carloads, to 24 995; farm products excluding grain, and food, up 464 carloads, to 15 666; and motor vehicles and parts, up 421 carloads, to 16 340. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2019 included: coal (down 21 008 carloads to 58 220); non-metallic minerals (down 5 357 carloads to 29 977); and chemicals (down 2937 carloads to 30 078).
For the first 39 weeks of 2020, US railroads reported a cumulative volume of 8.36 million carloads (down 15.5% from the same point last year); and 9.75 million intermodal units (down 6.2% from last year). Total combined US traffic for the first 39 weeks of 2020 was 18.08 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 10.7% compared to last year.
North American rail volumes for the week ended 26 September 2020, based on 12 reporting US, Canadian, and Mexican railroads totalled 324 879 carloads (down 9% compared with the same week last year), and 388 753 intermodal units (up 4% compared with last year). Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 713 632 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.3%. North American rail volume for the first 39 weeks of 2020 was 24.91 million carloads and intermodal units (down 10% compared with 2019).
Canadian railroads reported 81 142 carloads for the week (down 3.4%) and 76 337 intermodal units (up 3.8% compared with the same week in 2019). For the first 39 weeks of 2020, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 5.47 million carloads, containers, and trailers (down 7.7%).
Mexican railroads reported 19 591 carloads for the week (down 12.9% compared with the same week last year) and 18, 272 intermodal units (down 14.2%). Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 39 weeks of 2020 was 1.35 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down (9.8% from the same point last year).
Read the article online at: https://www.drybulkmagazine.com/dry-bulk/05102020/aar-reports-rail-traffic-for-north-america/
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