Weekly intermodal volume sags

December 6, 2012


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U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume for the week ended Dec. 1 totaled 241,411 trailers and containers, down 1.1% from the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported. Railroads originated 305,708 carloads, down 2%. For the first 48 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,379,334 trailers and containers, up 3.3% from last year, and 13,595,829 carloads, down 3.1%.

Fourteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, including petroleum products, up 65.3%; metallic ores, up 27.2%; and iron and steel scrap, up 20.2%. Groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included coal, down 12.7%; waste and nonferrous scrap, down 5.6%; and primary forest products, down 5%.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 2.1% compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 1.9%.

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