Intermodal Volume Down Sharply in 1st Quarter

North American intermodal traffic fell sharply in the first quarter of 2023 the Intermodal Association of North America reported this week.

Intermodal volume fell 8.6 percent to 3.9 million containers and trailers when compared with the same period of 2022.

IANA said all segments posted declines. The number of domestic containers fell 5.8 percent to 1.9 million; international containers dropped 8.8 percent to 1.8 million; and trailers fell 28.8 percent to 191,941.

“Falling consumer demand for goods and related import declines have impacted intermodal volumes,” said IANA CEO Joni Casey in a news release. “Conversely, network fluidity and equipment availability continue to recover, so we are well positioned for growth over the ensuing months.”

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