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AAR reports on the latest North American rail activity

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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported North American rail traffic for the week ending 16 January 2021.

For this week, total US weekly rail traffic totalled 528 547 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.8% compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week amounted to 232 550 carloads (down 2% compared with the same week in 2020), while US weekly intermodal volumes were reported as 295 997 containers and trailers (up 12.8% compared to 2020).

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2020. They included: grain (up 8246 carloads to 27 613); metallic ores and metals (up 1715 carloads to 23 325); and farm products – excluding grain and food – (up 1621 carloads to 16 818). Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2020 included coal (down 12 609 carloads to 57 665); non-metallic minerals (down 4411 carloads to 25 582); and miscellaneous carloads (down 402 carloads to 9755).

For the first two weeks of 2021, US railroads reported a cumulative volume of 467 954 carloads (down 1.8% from the same point last year); and 585 846 intermodal units (up 11.6% from last year). Total combined US traffic for the first two weeks of 2021 was 1.05 million carloads and intermodal units (an increase of 5.2% compared to last year).

North American rail volumes for the week ending 16 January 2021, on 12 reporting US, Canadian, and Mexican railroads totalled 340 432 carloads (up 4.2% compared with the same week last year), and 386 001 intermodal units (up 12.9% compared with last year). Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 726 433 carloads and intermodal units (up 8.6%). North American rail volume for the first two weeks of 2021 was 1.43 million carloads and intermodal units (up 5.8% compared with 2020).

Canadian railroads reported 86 133 carloads for the week (up 23.9%) and 74 486 intermodal units (up 21.3% compared with the same week in 2020). For the first two weeks of 2021, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 312 017 carloads, containers, and trailers (up 11.3%).

Mexican railroads reported 21 749 carloads for the week (up 8.4% compared with the same week last year) and 15 518 intermodal units (down 14.4%). Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first two weeks of 2021 was 69 992 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers (down 7.7% from the same point last year).

Read the article online at: https://www.drybulkmagazine.com/rail-barge/22012021/aar-reports-on-the-latest-north-american-rail-activity/

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