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For this week—and as we’ve recently seen—total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 533,190 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.3% compared with the same week last year.
Total carloads for the week ended August 10 were 261,194 carloads, down 3.9% compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 271,996 containers and trailers, down 4.6% compared to 2018.
Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. They were nonmetallic minerals, up 3,624 carloads, to 41,976; petroleum and petroleum products, up 1,543 carloads, to 13,424; and miscellaneous carloads, up 754 carloads, to 10,195. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included commodities such as coal, down 13,332 carloads, to 77,300; metallic ores and metals, down 1,483 carloads, to 22,347; and forest products, down 577 carloads, to 10,020.
For the first 32 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,077,512 carloads, down 3.2% from the same point last year; and 8,510,590 intermodal units, down 3.7% from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 32 weeks of 2019 was 16,588,102 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 3.5% compared to last year.
North American rail volume for the week ended August 10, 2019, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 362,326 carloads, down 2.5% compared with the same week last year, and 362,549 intermodal units, down 2.9% compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 724,875 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.7%. North American rail volume for the first 32 weeks of 2019 was 22,621,227 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.3% compared with 2018.
Canadian railroads reported 81,027 carloads for the week, up 1.5%, and 71,476 intermodal units, up 3.6% compared with the same week in 2018. For the first 32 weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 4,836,907 carloads, containers and trailers, up 2%.
Mexican railroads reported 20,105 carloads for the week, up 1.6% compared with the same week last year, and 19,077 intermodal units, down 1.2%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 32 weeks of 2019 was 1,196,218 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 3.3% from the same point last year.
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