North American rail volume saw slight changes year-over-year in the week-ending April 20, according to the Association of American Railroads.
Combined North American carload volume, including all three North American Free Trade Agreement partners, slid 1.1 percent from the same week in 2012 to 375,309 carloads, but was up 0.6 percent week-to-week. The total North American carload volume for 2013 year-to-date remained 1 percent less than the same period in 2012, at 5,896,892 carloads.
North American intermodal volume inched down 0.1 percent week-to-week, but increased 0.7 percent from the same week in 2012 to 305,280 trailers and containers. Total intermodal volume for the first 16 weeks of 2013, 4,767,329 units, is 4.4 percent higher than the level seen in the same period in 2012.
U.S. carload volume was down year-over-year for a second straight week, dipping 2 percent to 276,662 carloads. It was up 0.4 percent from the week before. U.S. intermodal volume edged down 0.5 percent week-to-week but up 0.6 percent year-over-year to 240,698 trailers and containers. It remains to be seen whether traffic will experience significant impacts from the current Midwest flooding.
Canadian rail traffic continued to rise this week. Carload volume increased 1.8 percent from the prior week, the fourth straight week-to-week increase. Volume was up 1.2 percent year-over-year to 83,540 carloads. Canadian intermodal volume was up 2 percent year-over-year and 3.2 percent week-to-week to 55,564 trailers and containers.
Mexican carload rose 2.5 percent from the same week in 2012 to 15,107 carloads; however it dropped 2.3 percent week-to-week. Intermodal volume fell by 5.2 percent year-over-year and 8.1 percent week-to-week to 9,018 units.