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AAR: Monthly rail traffic in November increased over same month of 2012

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, December 5, 2013)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for November 2013 over November 2012. Intermodal traffic in November totaled 1,007,549 containers and trailers, up 7.8 percent (73,004 units) compared with November 2012. The weekly average of 251,887 intermodal containers and trailers per week in November 2013 was the highest weekly average for any November in history. Carloads originated in November 2013 totaled 1,145,353, up 1.3 percent (14,931 carloads) compared with the same month last year.

Eleven of the 20 commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw year-over-year carload increases in November over the same month last year. Commodities with the biggest carload increases last month included grain, up 20.6 percent or 15,685 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, up 20.0 percent or 9,691 carloads; and motor vehicle and parts, up 10.8 percent or 6,826 carloads.

Commodity categories with carload declines last month included coal, down 4.3 percent or 20,057 carloads from November 2012, and metallic ores, down 10.1 percent or 2,982 carloads.

Excluding coal, U.S. carloads were up 5.3 percent, or 34,988 carloads, in November 2013 compared with November 2012. Excluding coal and grain, U.S. carloads were up 3.3 percent, or 19,303 carloads, in November.

“U.S. rail traffic in November 2013 saw a big decline in coal carloads that was more than offset by gains in carloads of grain and petroleum products,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray. “Carload traffic continues to be consistent with an economy that’s growing at a moderate pace. Meanwhile, rail intermodal volume was extremely strong in November, demonstrating the tremendous value that intermodal has become for rail customers.”

AAR today also reported decreased rail traffic for the week ending November 30, 2013, which included Thanksgiving this year but was a non-holiday week in 2012. U.S. railroads originated 255,628 carloads last week, down 16.3 percent compared with the same week last year, while intermodal volume for the week totaled 207,888 units, down 13.9 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 30 was 463,516 carloads and intermodal units, down 15.2 percent compared with the same week last year.

Even with the Thanksgiving holiday this year, two of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2012: petroleum and petroleum products, up 7.2 percent; and grain, up 5.2 percent.

For the first 48 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 13,529,500 carloads, down 0.5 percent (66,806 carloads) from the same point last year, and 11,872,914 intermodal units, up 4.3 percent (493,534 units) from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 48 weeks of 2013 was 25,402,414 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.7 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 79,716 carloads for the week, up 0.9 percent, and 55,627 intermodal units, up 11.8 percent, compared with the same week in 2012. For the first 48 weeks of 2013, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,800,144 carloads, up 2.4 percent from the same point last year, and 2,593,561 intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,718 carloads for the week, up 4.0 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,012 intermodal units, down 6.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 48 weeks of 2013 is 731,695 carloads, up 6.5 percent from the same point last year, and 483,117 intermodal units, down 0.4 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 48 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 18,061,339 carloads, up 0.4 percent, compared with the same point last year, and 14,949,592 trailers and containers, up 4.2 percent, compared with last year.

Friday, December 06, 2013

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