Intermodal Volume Slipped Last Week

Intermodal traffic was down slightly last week but overall traffic posted a slight gain when compared to the same week in 2020.

The Association of American Railroads reported that for the week ending July 10 that U.S. weekly rail traffic was 451,825 carloads and intermodal units, a 0.6 percent increase.

Carloads for the week were 210,297 units, up 4.3 percent while intermodal volume was 241,528 containers and trailers, a decline of 2.4 percent.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by the AAR saw gains. They included metallic ores and metals, up 8,599 carloads, to 22,486; coal, up 6,575 carloads, to 58,469; and chemicals, up 923 carloads, to 31,220.

Posting declines were motor vehicles and parts, down 2,531 carloads to 10,316; grain, down 2,120 carloads to 17,136; and miscellaneous carloads, down 1,403 carloads to 7,255. For the first 27 weeks of 2021 U.S. railroads have handled 13,786,417 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 13.3 percent compared with the same point in 2020.

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