U.S. intermodal volume for the week ending Sept. 7 climbed 6.7 percent year-over-year, according to the Association of American Railroads. This was the tenth straight year-over-year increase, and the steepest rise since the week of March 2.
Combined North American carload volume for the United States, Canada and Mexico totaled 370,674 carloads, up 2.1 percent year-over-year but slipping 7.3 percent from the week before. Total North American carload volume for 2013 year-to-date, at 13,412,073 carloads, was 0.2 percent less than in the same period of 2012.
North American intermodal volume for the week ending Sept. 7 rose 5.9 percent year-over-year but fell 11.2 percent from the previous week to 290,932 trailers and containers, the lowest intermodal volume in nine weeks. Total intermodal volume for the first 36 weeks of 2013, at 11,018,489 units, was 3.7 percent higher than the level seen in the same period in 2012.
U.S. carload volume in the week ending Sept.7, at 278,594 carloads, was up 2.2 percent year-over-year, but down 7.8 percent from the week before. U.S. intermodal volume stood at 228,899 trailers and containers, which fell 11.9 percent week-to-week despite the year-over-year increase.
"Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, led by motor vehicles and parts with 14,951 carloads, up 21.9 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included farm and food products, excluding grain, with 14,710 carloads, down 8.6 percent," AAR said in this week’s release.
Canadian carload volume for the week ending Sept. 7 was up 1.6 percent year-over-year, to 77,513 carloads, but dropped 4.5 percent from the week before. Canadian intermodal volume jumped 6.5 percent year-over-year this week to 52,837 trailers and containers, its sixth consecutive increase. Intermodal volume was down 6.6 percent week-to-week.
Mexican carload traffic rose 2.8 percent this week. Volume, at 14,567 carloads, decreased 12.9 percent week-to-week. Mexican intermodal traffic tumbled 12.6 percent year-over-year, its steepest drop since March 30, and fell 18.4 percent week-to-week in the week ending Sept. 7, to 9,196 containers and trailers.