AAR reports mixed volumes for week ending July 7

By Staff
July 13, 2012 - LM Editorial

Rail carload and intermodal volumes were both up for the week ending July 7, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 243,156—was down 1 percent annually and behind the week ending June 30 at 278,634 and the week ending June 23 at 288,730. Eastern carloads were down 12.3 percent annually, and out west carloads were up 5.3 percent.

Intermodal volumes—at 203,362 trailers and containers—were up 5.6 percent compared to the same week last year and were behind the week ending and were slightly behind the week ending June 30 at 253,497 and the week ending June 23 at 246,128.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, 7 were up annually. Petroleum products were up 54.8 percent, and motor vehicles and equipment were up 52.7 percent.

Carloads for the first 27 weeks of 2012—at 7,567,974—were down 2.8 percent compared to the first 27 weeks of 2011, and intermodal was up 3.4 percent at 6,253,092 trailers and containers.

Estimated ton-miles for the week ending July 7 were down 0.4 percent at 28.2 billion, and were down 2.0 percent on a year-to-date basis at 862.0 billion.

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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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