Intermodal traffic on U.S. railroads last week rose 6.3 percent from a year ago while carload shipments increased 1.6 percent, driven by increases in ores, metals and grain, the Association of American Railroads said.
Intermodal volume for the week ending May 14 totaled 231,875 containers and trailers, the AAR reported. For the first 19 weeks of 2011, intermodal shipments were up 8.8 percent to 4.2 million trailers and containers.
By the Numbers: U.S. Intermodal Shipments
U.S. railroads originated 294,271 carloads in the week, with 10 commodity groups posting year-to-year increases. Shipments of metallic ores were up 17 percent, metals and products up 17.2 percent and grain up 14.2 percent. Declines included scrap, down 16.9 percent; primary forest products, down 13.6 percent, and farm products excluding grain, down 13 percent.
Year-to-date carload traffic totaled 5.5 million units, up 3.3 percent.
Canadian railroads reported 76,167 carloads for the week, up 4.5 percent, and 49,021 trailers and containers, up 1.1 percent. Year-to-date, Canadian traffic was up 3.7 percent for intermodal and 1.1 percent for carloads.
Mexican railroads reported 13,770 carloads for the week, flat with last year, and 8,201 trailers and containers, up 22.1 percent. Through the year’s first 19 weeks, intermodal traffic was up 11.7 percent and carloads increased 7.1 percent.