Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


AAR reports carload and intermodal volumes are up for week ending June 18

By Staff
June 24, 2011

Data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) showed both carload and intermodal volumes growing on an annual basis for the week ending June 18.

Carload volume—at 294,310—was up 3.3 percent year-over-year and ahead of the week ending June 11 at 290,181 and June 4 at 273,584. It was also behind the week ending April 2, which hit 305,905 carloads, marking the highest weekly carload tally since the end of 2008.

Carload volume was up 1.5 percent in the East and up 4.5 percent out West compared to last year. Carloads on a year-to-date basis are at 6,968,722 for a 3 percent annual increase.

Intermodal volumes hit a 2011 high for the second straight week at 237,682 trailers and containers for a 4.3 percent annual gain, topping the week ending June 4 at 237,422 by 260 trailers and containers. The previous intermodal high for the year was the week ending May 28 at 234,668.

Intermodal volumes on a year-to-date basis at 5,384,370 are up 8.2 percent compared to 2010.

Intermodal continues to make strides on the domestic side due to fuel price pressure and its ability to provide service comparable to truckload at a more favorable rate, say shippers and analysts.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, 16 were up annually. Metallic ores were up 32.2 percent and lumber and wood products were up 17.2 percent. Waste and nonferrous scrap was down 19.5 percent, and coke was down 11.9 percent.

Estimated ton-miles for the week were 32.6 billion for a 4.2 percent annual increase, and on a year-to-date basis, the 779.3 billion ton-miles recorded were up 4.1 percent.

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

Earlier today, the United States Senate signed off on a six-year surface transportation authorization, according to various media reports. The bill, entitled the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, passed by a 65-34 margin and comes at a time, when the most recent extension for surface transportation funding expires tomorrow, July 31.

Demand for the $500 million in available funding for the United States Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program was easily trumped, with applications for the seventh round of TIGER grants coming in at $9.8 billion, or nearly twenty times the available amount, DOT said this week.

Global logistics managers will be tracking the progress of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Maui, Hawaii this week, as negotiating parties hope to finalize the agreement.

As has been noted in recent coverage on this site in regards to Peak Season, one underlying theme has been, and remains, how Peak Season is not what it used to be. That is not to say there will not be any Peak Season-related activity. Make no mistake, there will be and things driving it from the seasonal nature of business activity and cargo flows to higher demand and increased e-commerce activity, among others.

UPS Access Point locations serve as a replacement delivery address when consumers are not at home to receive a package or when consumers want a delivery to go somewhere other than their residence.

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