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AAR releases latest weekly rail traffic update

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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported on US rail traffic for the week ending 18 May 2024. For the week, total US weekly rail traffic was 474 886 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.9% compared with the same week in 2023.

Total carloads for the week ending 18 May were 214 092 carloads, down 4.8 % compared with the same week in 2023, while US weekly intermodal volume was 260 794 containers and trailers, up 6.2% compared to 2023.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2023. They included grain, up 2004 carloads, to 19 917; petroleum and petroleum products, up 1007 carloads, to 10 330; and chemicals, up 714 carloads, to 32 294. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2023 included coal, down 12 113 carloads, to 50 520; metallic ores and metals, down 1872 carloads, to 20 570; and nonmetallic minerals, down 1137 carloads, to 31 798.

For the first 20 weeks of 2024, US railroads reported cumulative volume of 4 259 530 carloads, down 4.9% from the same point in 2023; and 5 057 135 intermodal units, up 8.5% from 2023. Total combined US traffic for the first 20 weeks of 2024 was 9 316 665 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 2.0% compared to 2023.

North American rail volume for the week ending 18 May 2024, on 10 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railroads totalled 323 396 carloads, down 1.4% compared with the same week in 2023, and 346 036 intermodal units, up 4.5% compared with 2023. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 669 432 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.6%. North American rail volume for the first 20 weeks of 2024 was 13 150 619 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.1% compared with 2023.

Canadian railroads reported 92 669 carloads for the week, up 5.7%, and 72 537 intermodal units, down 2.6% compared with the same week in 2023. For the first 20 weeks of 2024, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3 229 985 carloads, containers and trailers, up 0.9%.

Mexican railroads reported 16 635 carloads for the week, up 7.9% compared with the same week in 2023, and 12 705 intermodal units, up 15.8%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 20 weeks of 2024 was 603 969 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 10.9% from the same point in 2023.


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