U.S. intermodal rail shipments rose 0.7 percent year-over-year in the week ending Sept. 22, while carload traffic fell 4.1 percent in the same period, according to the Association of American Railroads.
Shipments of metallic ores, coal, metal and products, and miscellaneous cargo fell on a double-digit basis. Year to date, U.S. intermodal volume is up 3.6 percent; carload traffic is down 2.5 percent.
Canadian intermodal volume in the week ending Sept. 22 rose 10.1 percent year-over-year, and carload volume expanded 1 percent. Year to date, Canadian intermodal volume is up 7 percent year-over-year, and carload traffic is up 2.8 percent.
Mexican intermodal volume last week increased 11.7 percent year-over-year, and carload traffic rose 3.2 percent. In the first 38 weeks of 2012, intermodal traffic rose 18.2 percent from the same period in 2011 and carload volume was flat.