Canadian carload volume rose 1.2 percent year-over-year to 82,077 carloads, according to the Association of American Railroads. This is the highest volume since September 2012.
In the week ending April 13, combined North American carload volume, including all three North American Free Trade Agreement partners, inched up 0.4 percent from the same week in 2012 to 373,207 carloads, but was down 1.1 percent week-to-week. The total North American carload volume for 2013 year-to-date is 1 percent less than the same period in 2012, at 5,521,583 carloads.
North American intermodal volume rose 4.4 percent week-to-week and 3 percent from the same week in 2012 to 305,619 trailers and containers. Total intermodal volume for the first 15 weeks of 2013, 4,462,049 units, is 4.7 percent higher than the level seen in the same period in 2012.
U.S. carload volume declined for a second straight week, down by 1.8 percent from the prior week to 275,675 carloads and down 0.6 percent year-over-year. U.S. intermodal volume jumped 4.5 percent week-to-week and 3.3 percent year-over-year to 241,987 trailers and containers.
Canadian carload volume inched up 0.2 percent from the prior week, the third straight week-to-week increase. Canadian intermodal volume was also on the rise, up 2 percent year-over-year and 3.5 percent week-to-week to 53,818 trailers and containers.
Mexican carload volume had another strong week. It rose 15 percent from the same week in 2012 to 15,455 carloads; it rose 4.6 percent week-to-week. Intermodal volume increased 1.8 percent from the same week in 2012 and 9.6 percent week-to-week to 9,814 units.