AAR reports mixed volumes for week ending January 12

By Staff
January 18, 2013 - LM Editorial

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week that carload and intermodal volumes were mixed for the week ending January 12.

Carload volume—at 279,893—was down 6.4 percent, ahead of the week ending January 5 at 241,682 and the week ending December 29 at 211,921.

Eastern carload volumes were down 3.6 percent annually, and out west carloads were down 8.1 percent.

Intermodal volume—at 252,896 trailers and containers—was down 6.4 percent. This was well ahead of the week ending January 5 at 178,317 and the week ending December 29 at 155,800.

AAR officials said that weekly traffic volume for the week ending January 5 “was likely impacted by the New Year’s holiday, which fell on a Monday and Tuesday in 2013, as opposed to Saturday and Sunday in 2012.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, 13 were up annually. Petroleum products were up 47.7 percent, and lumber and wood products were up 15.5 percent.
Iron, steel and scrap loadings were down 29.3 percent, and motor vehicles and equipment were down 22.1 percent. Coal was down 16 percent.

On a year-to-date basis, carloads are down 9.1 percent at 521,575, and intermodal is up 1.9 percent at 431,213 containers and trailers.

Estimated ton-miles for the week ending January 12 were down 6.1 percent at 28.1 billion and down 8.7 percent at 60.7 year-to-date.



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

A recent hearing of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation suggests that the U.S. Merchant Marine industry may be poised for a major comeback.

Spot market freight volumes for the month of August remained elevated compared to seasonal norms, according to data issued this week Portland, Oregon-based freight marketplace platform and information provider DAT.

Factors such as rising freight rates, shrinking capacity, an increased desire for global supply chain visibility, have all worked together to drive the need for instituting a culture of continuous improvement in logistics operations and transportation management systems (TMS). To meet today's complex logistics challenges, managers are stepping into a more streamlined, automated approach to transportation management in order to function at optimal levels both domestically and internationally. Read the latest special report.

The Atlanta-based company said that it plans to hire between 90,000-to-95,000 seasonal employees, up from about 85,000 last year, to support “the anticipated holiday surge” for package deliveries commencing in October and running through January.

The Memphis-based company reported today that quarterly net income of $606 million was up 24 percent annually, and revenue, at $11.7 billion, was up 6 percent. Operating income at $987 million was up 24 percent.

Article Topics

News · Rail · Intermodal · AAR · All topics

About the Author

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.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA