AAR reports mixed volumes for week ending July 13
Carload volume—at 277,132—was down 3.1 percent annually, and intermodal was up 0.9 percent annually at 248,201 trailers and containers.
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Carload and intermodal volumes were mixed for the week ending July 13, according to data released this week by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Carload volume—at 277,132—was down 3.1 percent annually and ahead of the week ending July 6 (which was likely impacted by the July 4 holiday) at 247,896 and below the week ending June 29 at 281,367.
Intermodal was up 0.9 percent annually at 248,201 trailers and containers and ahead of the week ending July 6 at 205,597 and below the week ending June 29 at 249,763.
Total weekly traffic for carloads and intermodal units—at 525,333—was down 1.3 percent annually.
Of the ten main commodity groups tracked by the AAR, six saw annual increases.
Petroleum and petroleum products were up 19.7 percent. Motor vehicles and parts dropped 19.3 percent.
On a year-to-date basis, carloads are down 1.4 percent at 7,742,393 and intermodal is up 3.5 percent at 6,724,236 containers and trailers.
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Transportation of freight in containers was first recorded around 1780 to move coal along England’s Bridgewater Canal. However, "modern" intermodal rail service by a major U.S. railroad only dates back to 1936. Malcom McLean’s Sea-Land Service significantly advanced intermodalism, showing how freight could be loaded into a “container” and moved by two or more modes economically and conveniently. As with all new technologies, there were problems that slowed the growth, which influenced many potential customers to shy away from moving intermodal.
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