Intermodal Up 9.6% in 4th Quarter

Intermodal volume rose 9.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, the Intermodal Association of North America said this week.

In its intermodal quarterly report IANA said intermodal volume for the quarter was 4,874,842 units. The percentage comparison was to the same period in 2019.

International intermodal volume rose 9.4 percent to 2,402,320 units, while domestic container volume climbed 8.7 percent to 2,128,885 units.

Trailer volume increased 17.5 percent to 343,637 units.

The seven highest-density trade corridors handled more than 60 percent of total volume and collectively increased by 10.3 percent in the fourth quarter.

They included Trans-Canada, 19.7 percent; South Central-Southwest, 13.4 percent; and Midwest-Southwest, 13 percent.

Intra-Southeast had a 9.6 percent increase, and Northeast-Midwest, a 9.5 percent gain.

The Midwest-Northwest was up 7.5 percent, and the Southeast-Southwest grew 2.4 percent.

Full-year 2020 total intermodal volume slipped 2 percent to 17,789,192 units compared with 2019.

“Against the backdrop of COVID, all market sectors posted gains, setting the pace into at least [the first quarter of] 2021,” said IANA President Joni Casey in a statement.

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