US Intermodal Rail Shipments Rise 3.8 Percent

US Intermodal Rail Shipments Rise 3.8 Percent

U.S. intermodal rail shipments rose 3.8 percent year-over-year in the week ending Oct. 6, while carload traffic fell 6.3 percent in the same period, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Shipments of coal, iron and steel scrap, waste and nonferrous scrap, and coke fell on a double-digit basis. Shipments of petroleum products, farm products excluding grain, and lumber and wood rose on a double-digit basis.

Year to date, U.S. intermodal volume is up 3.7 percent; carload traffic is down 2.6 percent.

Canadian intermodal volume in the week ending Oct. 6 rose 11.3 percent year-over-year, and carload volume fell 0.2 percent. Year to date, Canadian intermodal volume is up 7.1 percent year-over-year, and carload traffic is up 2.7 percent.

Mexican intermodal volume last week increased 17.5 percent year-over-year, and carload traffic rose 3.4 percent. In the first 40 weeks of 2012, intermodal traffic rose 18.1 percent from the same period in 2011, and carload volume was up 0.1 percent.