In the week ending April 6, combined North American carload volume, including all three North American Free Trade Agreement partners, rose 5.4 percent from the same week in 2012 to 377,462 carloads, and was up 0.5 percent week-to-week. The total North American carload volume for 2013 year-to-date is 1 percent lower than the same period in 2012, at 5,148,376 carloads.
North American intermodal volume rose 1.4 percent week-to-week and 1.3 percent from the same week in 2012 to 292,606 trailers and containers. Total intermodal volume for the first 14 weeks of 2013, 4,156,430 units, is 4.8 percent higher than the level seen in the same period in 2012.
U.S. carload volume inched down 0.2 percent from the prior week to 280,748 carloads, but was up 3.7 percent year-over-year. U.S. intermodal volume fell almost 1 percent week-to-week and 0.2 percent year-over-year to 231,648 trailers and containers. Last week showed both U.S. carload and intermodal volumes down in comparison to 2012.
Canadian carload volume rose 9 percent from the same week in 2012 to 81,934 carloads. This was the ninth straight week where carload volume was greater than that of last year. Volume was also up 2.1 percent week-to-week. Canadian intermodal volume was also on the rise, rising 3.1 percent year-over-year and 10.3 percent week-to-week to 52,004 trailers and containers.
Mexican carload volume was up over 22 percent from the same week in 2012 at 14,780 carloads; it rose 6 percent week-to-week. Intermodal volume jumped 25 percent from the same week in 2012 and 14.2 percent week-to-week to 8,954 units. This followed three weeks of year-over-year drops in intermodal traffic.