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U.S. Freight Traffic Down 3% Last Week

September 10, 2021

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sept. 4 was down 3 percent compared to the same week in 2020.

The Association of American Railroads said Class 1 railroads handled 494,415 carloads and intermodal units.

The broke down to 228,203 carloads, up 2.6 percent compared with 2020 and 266,212 containers and trailers, down 7.3 percent.

It was the fifth consecutive week that intermodal traffic lagged behind corresponding levels for the same weeks in 2020.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked saw increases compared with 2020.

They included coal, up 5,824 carloads, to 66,950; metallic ores and metals, up 5,151 carloads, to 22,768; and nonmetallic minerals, up 2,680 carloads, to 32,281.

Posting losses were grain, down 6,211 carloads, to 16,711; motor vehicles and parts, down 3,866 carloads, to 12,421; and farm products excluding grain, and food, down 5 carloads, to 15,342.

For the first 35 weeks of 2021, total traffic (carload and intermodal) was up 10.3 percent compared to the same time last year.

Carload Traffic Up, But Intermodal Down

August 19, 2021

U.S. rail freight traffic for the week ending Aug. 14 saw gains in carload volume but declines in intermodal volume.

Class 1 railroads during that week handled 504,810 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 0.9 percent compared with the same week in 2020.

Carload traffic was 235,011, a gain of 5.7 percent while intermodal traffic was 269,799 containers and trailers, a decline of 3 percent.

The Association of American Railroads said five of the 10 carload commodity groups it tracks posted an increase compared with the same point in 2020.

They included coal, up 8,196 carloads, to 67,054; metallic ores and metals, up 5,676 carloads, to 24,678; and nonmetallic minerals, up 2,080 carloads, to 32,602.

Losing ground were grain, down 2,906 carloads, to 19,488; motor vehicles and parts, down 1,883 carloads, to 13,512; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 526 carloads, to 10,314.

For the first 32 weeks of 2021, railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,376,542 carloads, increasing 8.9 percent compared with the same week in 2020; and 8,943,306 intermodal units, an increase of 14 percent.

Total combined traffic for the period was 16,319,848 carloads and intermodal units, an 11.6 percent gain over 2020.

Rail Freight Increases Slowed in July

August 5, 2021

U.S. rail freight traffic was up in July, but the percentage increase was significantly lower than that recorded in other recent months the Association of American Railroads reported on Wednesday.

AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray said this was due to “more difficult comparisons and because various external factors have led to a recent deceleration in rail volumes.”

For example, grain exports were down so grain shipments also fell. Automakers continue to be hindered by semiconductor shortages and are thus producing fewer vehicles.

Gray said slowdowns in the worldwide supply chain has adversely affected rail shippers.

“While all of these should be manageable, temporary setbacks, their convergence has resulted in weaker rail volumes than basic domestic economic factors might otherwise imply,” Gray said.

In July, U.S. Class I railroads originated 904,670 carloads, an increase of 6.6 percent, or 55,969 carloads compared with July 2020.

The carriers originated 1,066,169 containers and trailers, a gain of 1.5 percent or 15,450 units. The combined July originations was 1,970,839, up 3.8 percent, or 71,419 carloads and intermodal units compared with July 2020.

Of the 20 carload commodity categories AAR tracks each month, 10 saw gains in July 2021.

These included: coal, up 31,619 carloads or 14.1 percent; metallic ores, up 14,151 carloads or 137.8 percent; and primary metal products, up 9,802 carloads or 36.4 percent.

Posting declines were motor vehicles and parts, down 12,309 carloads or 21.3 percent; grain, down 6,112 carloads or 7.3 percent; and grain mill products, down 1,862 carloads or 5 percent.

Excluding coal, carloads were up 24,350 carloads, or 3.9 percent, in July 2021 vs. the same month last year.

Excluding coal and grain, carloads were up 30,462 carloads, or 5.6 percent.

Total U.S. carload traffic for the first seven months of 2021 was 6,907,195 carloads, increasing 9.1 percent, or 573,549 carloads, from the same point last year; and 8,398,236 intermodal units, gaining 15.2 percent, or 1,109,282 containers and trailers, from 2020.

Total combined traffic for the first 30 weeks of the year was 15,305,431 carloads and intermodal units, a 12.4 percent increase.

Rail Freight Still Lags Behind 2019 Levels

July 29, 2021

U.S. rail freight for the week ending July 24 continued to show growth, but an industry analyst noted that 2021 traffic continues to lag behind what railroad handled during the same period of 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Association of American Railroads said that last week U.S. rail traffic was 503,219 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.6 percent over the same week in 2020.

But a report from Susquehanna Financial Group Analyst Bascome Majors said the 2021 figures of last week are 6 percent lower than the same week in 2019.

He said the four-week trend was up 7 percent vs. 2020 but down 3 percent when compared with 2019.

Carloads last week were 230,095, an increase of 7.1 percent compared with 2020 while intermodal volume was 273,124 containers and trailers, up 2.6 percent.

Yet those same traffic categories when compared with 2019 showed intermodal was flat and the four-week trend for intermodal was up 3 percent vs. 2019.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase last week compared with the same week in 2020, AAR said.

They included coal, up 8,411 carloads, to 65,945; metallic ores and metals, up 7,662 carloads, to 23,124; and nonmetallic minerals, up 2,162 carloads, to 33,115.

Posting declines were motor vehicles and parts, down 4,390 carloads, to 10,765; farm products excluding grain, and food, down 1,722 carloads, to 14,679; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 309 carloads, to 10,530.

For the first 29 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,678,220 carloads, rising 9.2 percent from the prior-year period; and 8,124,671 intermodal units, increasing 15.8 percent.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the period was 14,802,891 carloads and intermodal units, a 12.7 percent gain compared with 2020.

U.S. Rail Traffic Still Lags Behind 2019 Levels

July 22, 2021

U.S. weekly rail traffic for the week ending July 17, 2021, was 513,255 carloads and intermodal units, a 6.6 increase over the same week in 2020, the Association of American Railroads said.

However,  rail volumes for week 28 of 2021 were down 3 percent compared with the same week in 2019.

The Susquehanna Financial Group said the four-week trend was up 9 percent from 2020, but down 2 percent compared with 2019. The report concluded that recovery from the downturn of 2020 isn’t complete yet.

AAR said total U.S. Class I carloads came in at 235,303 for the week ending July 17, up 9.7 percent from the same point in 2020; intermodal volume was 277,952 containers and trailers, up 4.1 percent.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups saw gains compared with the same week last year.

These included coal, up 13,057 carloads, to 69,186; metallic ores and metals, up 7,207 carloads, to 22,975; and chemicals, up 2,785 carloads, to 32,784.

Losing ground were motor vehicles and parts, down 1,750 carloads, to 12,049; grain, down 1,384 carloads, to 20,964; and farm products excluding grain, and food, down 175 carloads, to 15,593.

For the first 28 weeks of this year, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,448,125 carloads, an increase of 9.3 percent from the same week in 2020; and 7,851,547 intermodal units, increasing 16.3 percent from last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 28 weeks of 2021 was 14,299,672 carloads and intermodal units, a 13 percent boost from 2020.

Intermodal Volume Slipped Last Week

July 17, 2021

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.

Rail Freight Traffic Up 12.4% Last Week

July 1, 2021

U.S. rail freight traffic for the week ending June 26 was was 516,167 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 12.4 percent compared with the same week in 2020

The Association of American Railroads said this included 237,117 carloads, an increase of 17.7 percent, and 279,050 containers and trailers, an increase of 8.2 percent

It was the fourth consecutive week that U.S traffic totals rose similarly compared with the same period in 2020.

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases. They included coal, up 15,472 carloads, to 66,595; metallic ores and metals, up 8,814 carloads, to 23,869; and nonmetallic minerals, up 3,756 carloads, to 33,067.

Only motor vehicles and parts posted a decline falling by 717 carloads to 12,662.

For the first 25 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,765,679 carloads, rising 8.9 percent over the same week in 2020. They handled 7,055,994 intermodal units, increasing 17.7 percent over 2020.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 25 weeks of 2021 was 12,821,673 carloads and intermodal units, up 13.6 percent.

Rail Freight Up 12.5% Last Week

June 24, 2021

The Association of American Railroads said that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 19 was 514,112 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 12.5 percent compared with the same week in 2020.

AAR said that represents 232,144 carloads, up 15.1 percent vs. 2020, and 281,968 intermodal containers and trailers, up 10.4 percent vs. 2020.

However, freight volume shows signs of starting to level off.

The previous two weekly rail traffic totals were up similarly from the same period in 2020, while the May weekly totals saw increases of about 25 percent to 35 percent over 2020.

AAR officials said that although freight volume continues to recover from the doldrums of last year the gains may be leveling off or even slowing a bit.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase for the week.

They included coal, up 15,512 carloads, to 67,819; metallic ores and metals, up 9,302 carloads, to 23,726; and chemicals, up 3,990 carloads, to 32,401.

Commodity groups that fell compared with the same week in 2020 were grain, down 1,820 carloads, to 19,617; miscellaneous carloads, down 478 carloads, to 9,290; and motor vehicles and parts, down 303 carloads, to 12,534.

For the first 24 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,528,562 carloads, an 8.6 percent gain over the same week in 2020. The 6,776,944 intermodal units represented a 18.2 percent gain.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 24 weeks of 2021 was 12,305,506 carloads and intermodal units, rising 13.7 percent vs. 2020.

Rail Freight Traffic Continued to Show Gains

June 17, 2021

The Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday that U.S. rail freight for the week ending June 12 was 241,628 carloads, an increase of 21.8 percent compared with the same week in 2020.

The railroads hauled 288,007 containers and trailers, a 14.8 percent increase. Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 529,635 carloads and intermodal units, up 17.9 percent vs. 2020.

AAR said all 10 commodity groups posted gains in traffic compared with last year.

They included coal, up 19,229 carloads, to 69,263; metallic ores and metals, up 8,242 carloads, to 22,789; and chemicals, up 5,489 carloads, to 32,967.

For the first 23 weeks of 2021, U.S. cumulative freight volume was 5,296,418 carloads, an 8.3 percent increase, and 6,494,976 intermodal units, an 18.5 percent rise over last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 23 weeks was 11,791,394 carloads and intermodal units, a 13.7 percent boost from 2020.  

Rail Traffic Down Over Recent Weeks

June 10, 2021

U.S. rail freight traffic last week was down 7 percent from the previous four weeks of this year.

The Association of American Railroads said that for the week ending June 5, 2021, railroads handled 489,144 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 12.9 percent from the same point in 2020.

Total carloads for the week were 227,497, rising 18.1 percent over the same week in 2020. Intermodal volume was 261,647 containers and trailers, an 8.7 percent increase.

AAR continued to note that percentage changes for some rail traffic categories are “inflated.” This is due to the widespread pandemic-related “shutdowns—and subsequent large reduction in rail volumes—that impacted many economic sectors last year at this time.”

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2020.

They included coal, up 16,326 carloads, to 65,101; metallic ores and metals, up 9,915 carloads, to 23,332; and chemicals, up 4,711 carloads, to 32,602.

Losing ground was nonmetallic minerals, which fell 892 carloads, to 29,220.

For the first 22 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,054,790 carloads, an increase of 7.8 percent compared with the same period in 2020.

They handled 6,206,969 intermodal units, a gain of 18.7 percent over 2020.

Total combined traffic for the first 22 weeks of this year was 11,261,759 carloads and intermodal units, a 13.5 percent increase over 2020.