Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


AAR reports mixed carload and intermodal volumes for week ending April 20

By Staff
April 26, 2013

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week that United States carload and intermodal volumes were mixed for the week ending April 20.

Carload volume—at 276,662—was down 2 percent annually and ahead of the week ending April 13 at 275,675 and below the week ending April 6 at 280,748. Intermodal—at 240,698 trailers and containers—was up 0.6 percent compared to the same week a year ago, and was below the week ending April 13 at 241,987 and ahead of the week ending April 6 at 231,648.

Total weekly traffic for carloads and intermodal units—at 517,360—was down 0.8 percent annually.

The AAR recently changed how it reports weekly commodity loadings. Its former process was comprised of 20 distinct commodity groups, which have now been grouped together.

The new commodity categories are: chemicals; coal; farm and food products, excluding grain (which includes farm products, excluding grain, grain mill products and food & kindred products); forest products; grain; metallic ores and metals (which also includes metallic ores, coke, metals & products, iron & steel scrap); motor vehicles and parts (which also includes motor vehicles and equipment); nonmetallic minerals and products (which also includes crushed stone, sand, and gravel; nonmetallic minerals; stone, clay & glass products); petroleum and petroleum products); and other (which includes waste and nonferrous scrap and all other carloads).

For the week ending April 20, four of the ten commodity groups showed gains, including petroleum and petroleum products up 40.1 percent. Grain fell 21.8 percent.

On a year-to-date basis, carloads are down 2.3 percent at 4,403,958 and intermodal is up 4.6 percent at 3,799,366 containers and trailers.

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

Key sanctions are unlikely to be fully removed until Congress lifts the U.S. embargo on Cuba – something unlikely to take place before 2018 when incumbent president Raúl Castro is expected to step down

The PMI, the ISM’s index to measure growth inched up 0.7 percent to 53.5 over May’s 52.8. This reading marks sequential growth for the third month in a row, which was preceded by five months of sequential declines.

Foreign direct investment has never been more important in catalyzing growth, whether in the developed or developing world. Although equity markets around the world have largely recovered since the financial crisis, global capital flows have contracted sharply.

When it comes to the chances of the December 31, 2015 Positive Train Control (PTC) deadline being extended, something which railroads say is badly needed, it appears they need to be prepared to be disappointed. That was the chief takeaway of a statement from Sarah Feinberg, acting administrator of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

It’s said that innovation will lead the economy out of its current funk. But how does an organization become a perpetually innovative company? That’s one of the questions Kai Engel and his co-authors at A.T. Kearney set out to answer in their new book Masters Of Innovation.

Article Topics

News · Intermodal · AAR · Railroad Shipping · 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