U.S. intermodal volume fell 0.3 percent year-over-year in the week ending Dec. 8, while carload traffic dropped 1.6 percent in the same period, according to the Association of American Railroads.
A 9.7 percent drop in coal traffic, a 15.3 percent fall in grain shipments and an 11.9 percent decrease in metal and product volume offset double-digit increases in the shipments of petroleum products, metallic ores, and lumber and wood products. Intermodal traffic in the first 49 weeks of 2012 rose 3.2 percent from the same period in 2011, while carload shipments fell 3 percent in the same time frame.
Canadian intermodal volume rose 5 percent and carload traffic increased 6.5 percent in the same period. Canadian intermodal traffic was up 6.7 percent year-over-year in the first 49 weeks of 2012, and carload traffic rose 2.2 percent in the same period.
Mexican intermodal volume jumped 16.6 percent in the week ending Dec. 8, putting shipments up 19.6 percent year-over-year in the first 49 weeks of 2012. Carload volume rose 9.7 percent last week, lifting traffic up 0.9 percent in the first 49 weeks of this year.