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

By Staff
April 26, 2013 - LM Editorial

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.



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Jeff Berman, 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. Contact Jeff Berman.

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