AAR reports latest US and North American rail traffic
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has released its latest report on US and North American rail traffic for the week ending 13 February 2021.
For this week, total US weekly rail traffic was 480 483 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.3% compared with the same week last year.
Total carloads for the week ending 13 February amounted to 211 420 carloads (down 7% compared with the same week in 2020), while US weekly intermodal volume was 269 063 containers and trailers, (up 6.9% compared to 2020).
Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2020. They included grain (up 4548 carloads to 22 823); chemicals (up 785 carloads to 33 255); and forest products (up 727 carloads to 10 297). Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2020 included coal (down 8554 carloads to 54 496); non-metallic minerals (down 5450 carloads to 22 933); and motor vehicles and parts (down 3631 carloads to 13 972).
For the first six weeks of 2021, US railroads reported cumulative volume of 1.36 million carloads (down 2.9% from the same point last year); and 1.71 million intermodal units (up 10.3% from last year). Total combined US traffic for the first six weeks of 2021 was 3.07 million carloads and intermodal units (an increase of 4% compared to last year).
North American rail volume for the week ending 13 February 2021, on 12 reporting US, Canadian, and Mexican railroads totalled 301 184 carloads (down 7.4% compared with the same week last year), and 351 190 intermodal units (up 7.8% compared with last year). Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 652 374 carloads and intermodal units (up 0.2%). North American rail volume for the first six weeks of 2021 was 4.18 million carloads and intermodal units (up 3.3% compared with 2020).
Canadian railroads reported 69 222 carloads for the week (down 8.4%) and 64 581 intermodal units (up 18.3% compared with the same week in 2020). For the first six weeks of 2021, Canadian railroads reported a cumulative rail traffic volume of 902 756 carloads, containers, and trailers (up 5.4%).
Mexican railroads reported 20 542 carloads for the week (down 7.8% compared with the same week last year), and 17 546 intermodal units (down 9.7%). Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first six weeks of 2021 was 198 911 carloads, intermodal containers, and trailers (down 14.1% from the same point last year).
Read the article online at: https://www.drybulkmagazine.com/dry-bulk/18022021/aar-reports-latest-us-and-north-american-rail-traffic/
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