Combined North American carload volume in the week ending May 11, including all three North American Free Trade Agreement partners, inched up 0.4 percent from the same week in 2012 to 374,585 carloads and edged down 0.9 percent week-to-week. The total North American carload volume for 2013 year-to-date is 0.7 percent less than the same period in 2012, at 7,022,407 carloads.
North American intermodal volume was up 0.8 percent week-to-week and 3.3 percent from the same week in 2012 to 311,149 trailers and containers. Total intermodal volume for the first 19 weeks of 2013, 5,697,938 units, was 4 percent higher than the level seen in the same period in 2012.
U.S. carload volume was up 0.6 percent year-over-year to 280,986 carloads, a second straight week of increases. Volume was down 1 percent from the week before. U.S. intermodal volume jumped roughly 4 percent year-over-year and rose 1.1 percent from the week prior to 248,266 trailers and containers.
Canadian carload volume dropped 1.9 percent week-to-week and 1.2 percent year-over-year to 78,348 carloads. This was the second consecutive week of yearly declines in carload volume. Canadian intermodal volume was up 1.8 percent year-over-year but down more than 3 percent week-to-week at 53,393 trailers and containers.
Mexican carload traffic rose for a sixth straight week, up 5.3 percent from the same week in 2012 to 15,251 carloads. This week’s volume was 6.7 percent higher than that of last week. Intermodal volume dropped approximately 1.7 percent, the fourth straight week of year-over-year declines, although at a decelerated pace. Volume rose 21 percent from the week before to 9,490 units.
“Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, led by petroleum and petroleum products, up 50.8 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included grain, down 21.3 percent, and farm and food products, excluding grain, down 10 percent,” AAR noted in this week’s release.