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As has been the case recently, for the week ended June 15, U.S. weekly rail traffic was 527,989 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.4% compared with the same week last year.
Total carloads for this week were 257,385 carloads, down 4.6% compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 270,604 containers and trailers, down 6.2% compared to 2018.
Two of the 10 carload commodity groups posted a year-over-year increase. They were petroleum and petroleum products, up 1,528 carloads, to 12,747; and chemicals, up 701 carloads, to 32,431. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included commodities such as coal, down 7,625 carloads, to 77,903; nonmetallic minerals, down 2,226 carloads, to 37,766; and forest products, down 1,284 carloads, to 9,547.
For the first 24 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,032,967 carloads, down 2.8% from the same point last year; and 6,385,232 intermodal units, down 2.8% from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 24 weeks of 2019 was 12,418,199 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 2.8% compared to last year.
North American rail volume for the week ended June 15 on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 363,560 carloads, down 3.4% compared with the same week last year, and 359,366 intermodal units, down 4.4% compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 722,926 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.9%. North American rail volume for the first 24 weeks of 2019 was 16,908,063 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.9% compared with 2018.
Canadian railroads reported 85,070 carloads for the week, up 0.6%, and 70,512 intermodal units, up 1% compared with the same week in 2018. For the first 24 weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,607,069 carloads, containers and trailers, up 2.1%.
Mexican railroads reported 21,105 carloads for the week, down 4.7% compared with the same week last year, and 18,250 intermodal units, up 2.9%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 24 weeks of 2019 was 882,795 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 4.2% from the same point last year.
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