Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


AAR reports carload and intermodal volumes stay up for week ending November 13

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
November 19, 2010

Railroad volumes for the week ending November 13 were up year-over-year, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume at 297,269 was up 5.8 percent compared to the same week last year and ahead of the week of November 6, which came in at 288,056. Carload volumes were in the same ballpark as the weeks ending October 30, October 23, and October 16, which hit 292,884, 302,855, and 303,664, respectively.

Carload volume in the East was up 2.4 percent year-over-year. Out West, carloads were up 8 percent year-over-year.

Even though railroad volumes are in recovery mode compared to a difficult 2009, current volumes are still below peak levels, and annual gains occurring in 2010 are against a 2009 which has been described as the worst year for railroad traffic since deregulation, according to industry analysts.

Intermodal volumes at 232,888 were up 11.9 percent year-over-year. This is ahead of the week ending November 6 at 231,078. And it is in line with the weeks ending October 30, October 23, and October 16 at 232,717, 235,606, and 232,272, respectively.

The high intermodal mark for 2010 to date is the week ending September 25 at 241,167. Container volume for the week ending November 13 at 196,596 is up 12.8 percent, and trailer volume at 36,596 is up 7.5 percent, according to AAR data.

Domestic intermodal volumes on the container side are continuing to outpace the overall economic recovery in conjunction with intermodal shipments gaining share over other modes of freight transportation, according to a recent report by the Intermodal Association of North America.

Of the 19 carload commodities tracked by the AAR, 16 were up year-over-year. Metallic ores were up 164.7 percent, coke up 30.1 percent, and metals and products up 23.9 percent.

Year-to-date, total U.S. carload volumes at 12,909,986 carloads are up 7.2 percent year-over-year. Trailers or containers at 9,828,447 are up 14.5 percent year-over-year.
Estimated ton-miles for the week ending November 13 came in at 33.9 billion for a 6.9 percent annual gain. Total volume year-to-date at 1,427.3 billion ton-miles was up 8.4 percent year-over-year.

About the Author

Jeff Berman headshot
Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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

Working with research partner, The Economist Intelligence Unit, the IBM Institute for Business Value surveyed 1,023 global procurement executives from 41 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

U.S. Carloads were down 7.8 percent annually at 259,544, and intermodal volume was off 15.7 percent for the week ending February 21 at 213,617 containers and trailers.

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Logistics (BTS) reported this week that U.S. trade with its North America Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico in December 2014 was up 5.4 percent annually at $95.8 billion. This marks the 11th straight month of annual increases, according to BTS officials.

While the volume decline was steep, there was numerous reasons behind it, including terminal congestion, protracted contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and other supply chain-related issues, according to POLA officials.

Truckload rates for the month of January, which measures truckload linehaul rates paid during the month, saw a 7.9 percent annual hike, and intermodal rates dropped 0.3 percent compared to January 2014, which the report pointed out marks the first annual intermodal pricing decline since December 2013.

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