Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


AAR reports another week of mixed volumes

By Staff
May 18, 2012

Rail carload and intermodal volumes continued their ongoing pattern of mixed volumes for the week ending May 12, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 279,063—was down 5.2 percent annually and ahead of the week ending May 5 at 276,136 and behind the weeks ending April 28 and April 21 at 283,080 and 282,262, respectively.

Eastern carloads were down 5.2 percent annually, and out west carloads were also down 5.2 percent.

Intermodal volumes—at 238,980 trailers and containers—were up 3.1 percent annually and slightly below the 239,031 recorded for the week ending May 5. It was also below the weeks ending April 28 and April 21 at 242,365 and 239,276, respectively.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, ten were up annually. Petroleum products were up 49 percent, and motor vehicles and equipment were up 35.7 percent.
Coal was down 16.2 percent, and grain was down 11.4 percent.

Carloads for the first 19 weeks of 2012—at 5,347,394—were down 3.3 percent compared to the first 19 weeks of 2011, and intermodal was up 2.8 percent at 4,353,407 trailers and containers.

Estimated ton-miles for the week at 31.9 billion were down 3.9 percent, and for the year-to-date it is down 2.4 percent at 608.6 billion.

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

While many industry analysts contend that distribution centers near U.S. East Coast ports will see a surge of new business after the Panama Canal expansion, real estate experts say this phenomena is already underway.

A new Government Accountability Office report on the effects of changes to truck driver hours of service rules has sparked a war of words between the American Trucking Associations and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the arm of the Transportation Department that is in charge of making those rules.

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that U.S. trade with its North America Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico in May dropped 10.8 percent annually to $92.7 billion, following a 6.8 percent annual decline to $93.3 billion in April.

Carloads headed down 2.5 percent annually to 286,660, and intermodal containers and trailers remained on a growth path, up 2.3 percent to 270,952.

Rumors of transportation and logistics titan UPS acquiring Chicago-based transportation management services provider Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion have become a reality, with UPS announcing today that the deal is now official.

Article Topics

News · Intermodal · AAR · Carload · All topics

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA