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Freight Traffic Down 1.3% Last Week

September 16, 2021

U.S. freight traffic fell 1.3 percent for the week ending Sept. 11.

The Association of American Railroads said traffic was 468,610 carloads and intermodal units. AAR officials said declines in intermodal volume offset carload gains.

U.S. Class I railroads moved 223,710 carloads, a gain of 4.5 percent compared with the same week in 2020.

Railroads handled 244,900 containers and trailers, a loss of 6 percent and the sixth consecutive week of intermodal losses.

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by AAR saw gains compared with the same week in 2020.

They included coal, up 9,749 carloads, to 69,927; metallic ores and metals, up 4,227 carloads, to 22,395; and nonmetallic minerals, up 3,731 carloads, to 30,476.

Posting declined were motor vehicles and parts, down 4,862 carloads, to 10,121; grain, down 4,830 carloads, to 16,718; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 558 carloads, to 9,797.

For the first 36 weeks of 2021, railroads handled a cumulative volume of 8,293,870 carloads, a 8.2 percent gain compared with 2020; and 9,994,693 intermodal units, an 11.5 percent gain.

Total combined traffic for the first 36 weeks of 2021 was 18,288,563 carloads and intermodal units, a 10 percent increase from last year.

U.S. Rail Freight Down 2.6% Last Week

August 26, 2021

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 21 fell 2.6 percent when compared to the same week in 2020, the Association of American Railroads reported.

The carriers handled 501,273 carloads and intermodal units, AAR said.

That also is a decline compared to the same week in 2019 Susquehanna Financial Group Analyst Bascome Majors said.

Majors said the four-week trend was up 1 percent vs. 2020 and down 6 percent from 2019.

AAR said Class 1 railroads last week handled 230,754 carloads, an increase of 0.4 percent and 270,519 containers and trailers, a fall of 5.1 percent compared with 2020.

It was the third consecutive week that intermodal posted declines compared with 2020.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by AAR saw increases compared with the same week in 2020.

They included metallic ores and metals, up 4,551 carloads, to 23,522; nonmetallic minerals, up 2,802 carloads, to 33,109; and miscellaneous carloads, up 1,042 carloads, to 10,653.

Losing ground were grain, down 4,483 carloads, to 18,098; motor vehicles and parts, down 2,513 carloads, to 13,974; and farm products excluding grain, and food, down 1,042 carloads, to 14,906.

For the first 33 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads handled cumulative volume of 7,607,296 carloads, a gain of 8.6 percent from the same point last year; and 9,213,825 intermodal units, an increase of 13.3 percent over 2020.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 33 weeks of 2021 was 16,821,121 carloads and intermodal units, rising 11.1 percent from last year.

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.

U.S. Freight Traffic Up 14.5% in June

July 8, 2021

U.S. railroads in June originated 1,175,232 carloads and increase of 19.1 percent or 188,164 carloads compared with June 2021.

Intermodal traffic for the month was 1,386,745 containers and trailers, a rise of 10.9 percent or 136,634 units over the same month in 2020.

Combined originations for June were 2,561,977, up 14.5 percent, or 324,798 carloads and intermodal units over June 2020.

AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray said the June figures were part of a second quarter performance that “reflect an economy that is in much better shape than it was but still has room to grow.”

AAR said that second-quarter carloads were the highest since the fourth quarter of 2019. Excluding coal they were the highest since the third quarter of 2019.

Gray said intermodal and chemical volumes were “both the highest for any quarter in history.” The AAR report said steel-related commodities were “relatively strong in the second quarter, reflecting higher demand as the industrial economy continues to recover.”

Of the 20 carload categories AAR tracks each month, 19 posted gains last month.

They included: coal, up 84,109 carloads or 33.5 percent; chemicals, up 22,660 carloads or 16 percent; and metallic ores, up 20,228 carloads or 164.6 percent. Only farm products excluding grain posted a decline by falling 425 carloads or 10.6 percent.

Excluding coal, carloads were up 104,055 carloads, or 14.1 percent. Excluding coal and grain, carloads were up 100,564 carloads, or 15.9 percent.

Total U.S. carload traffic for the first six months of 2021 was 6,002,525 carloads, up 9.4 percent, or 517,580 carloads, and 7,332,067 intermodal units, up 17.5 percent, or 1,093,832 containers and trailers, from 2020.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 26 weeks the year was 13,334,592 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.

Intermodal Traffic Continues Record Gains

June 3, 2021

Intermodal traffic last month was robust enough to set a record, the Association of American Railroads said on Wednesday.

In releasing U.S. rail freight traffic statistics for May, AAR said intermodal had the “best January to May period ever.”

AAR said total carloads for the month “were the most for any month since October 2019 on a weekly average basis,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.

U.S. railroads originated 964,356 carloads in May 2021, a 30.4 percent gain, or 224,623 carloads when compared with May 2020.

They originated 1,151,824 containers and trailers, an increase of 26.2 percent, or 238,927 units. During May carload and intermodal traffic combined totaled 2,116,180, up 28 percent, or 463,550 carloads.

Gray described U.S. rail volumes for May as “encouraging.” Of the 20 carload categories AAR tracks each month, 12 had gains over May 2019 and 18 had gains over May 2020.

These included coal, up 77,228 carloads or 41.7 percent; motor vehicles and parts, up 34,021 carloads or 206.5 percent; and chemicals, up 23,368 carloads or 20.8 percent.

Commodities that lost ground in May 2021 included: farm products excluding grain, down 166 carloads or 4.9 percent; and primary forest products, down 67 carloads or 1.7 percent.

Excluding coal, carloads were up by 147,395, or 26.6 percent. Excluding coal and grain, carloads were up by 131,319, or 28 percent.

Total U.S. carload traffic for the first five months of 2021 was 4,827,293 carloads, up 7.3 percent, or 329,416 carloads, from the same point last year; and 5,945,322 intermodal units, up 19.2 percent, or 957,198 containers and trailers.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 21 weeks of the year was 10,772,615 carloads and intermodal units, a 13.6 percent boost compared with 2020.

“Railroads hope to build on these gains in the months ahead as they help the economy return to strong, sustainable growth,” Gray said.

Rail Freight Continued ‘Inflated’ Increases

May 27, 2021

U.S. rail freight For the week ending May 22 totaled 528,774 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 23.4 percent compared with the same week in 2020, the Association of American Railroads said.

Total carloads were 242,227, a 27.2 percent increase while intermodal volume was 286,547 containers and trailers, a 20.4 percent jump.

AAR noted that some percentage changes are inflated because of the widespread 2020 shutdowns and subsequent large reduction in rail volumes that affected some economic sectors.

All 10 carload commodity groups posted gains when compared with the same week in 2020. They included coal, up 17,877 carloads, to 64,641; motor vehicles and parts, up 8,887 carloads, to 13,763; and metallic ores and metals, up 8,697 carloads, to 23,516.

For the first 20 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads reported a cumulative volume of 4,583,989 carloads, a gain of 6.2 percent; and 5,658,401 intermodal units, a rise of 18.6 percent from last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 20 weeks of 2021 was 10,242,390 carloads and intermodal units, a 12.7 percent increase from 2020.

Freight Traffic Continued Double Digit Gains

May 20, 2021

Double digit gains were again the norm last week for U.S. freight railroads.

The Association of American Railroads said that for the week ending May 19 that railroads posted gains of 31.6 percent and 25.6 percent for carload and intermodal traffic respectively.

They handled 242,806 carloads and 291,066 intermodal containers and trailers for the week.

Total weekly rail traffic was 533,872, up 28.3 percent when compared to the same week in 2020.

All 10 carload commodity groups showed gains when compared with 2020 figures.

They included coal, up 22,374 carloads, to 68,327; motor vehicles and parts, up 9,598 carloads, to 12,466; and metallic ores and metals, up 9,592 carloads, to 23,686.

For the first 19 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads have handled a cumulative volume of 4,341,762 carloads, up 5.2 percent and 5,371,854 intermodal units, up 18.5 percent.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 19 weeks of the year was 9,713,616 carloads and intermodal units, rising 12.1 percent over last year.

Intermodal Traffic Continues Double Digit Climb

May 14, 2021

Intermodal volume continued to boom during the week ending May 8.

The Association of American Railroads said railroads handled 287,290 containers and trailers during the week, a 26.3 percent increase over the same week in 2020.

Total carloads for the week ending were 236,019, a 27.6 percent increase over the prior-year period.

The weekly total rail traffic was 523,309 carloads and intermodal units, up 26.9 percent compared with the same point in 2020.

All 10 carload commodity groups tracked by the AAR saw increases

These included coal, up 16,361 carloads, to 62,675; metallic ores and metals, up 9,925 carloads, to 23,543; and motor vehicles and parts, up 9,221 carloads, to 11,327.

For the first 18 weeks of this year, railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,098,956 carloads, increasing 4 percent when compared to the same period last year.

They handled during the 18-week period 5,080,788 intermodal units, an increase of 18.1 percent over last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 18 weeks of 2021 was 9,179,744 carloads and intermodal units, up 11.3 percent compared with 2020.

Rail Freight Up 29.1% in April

May 6, 2021

The Association of American Railroads said this week that some rail freight traffic that lost volume during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has now “completely recovered.”

AAR Senior Vice President John Gray said in a statement that some other commodities are close to recovering lost ground.

“For example, April set a new all-time record for intermodal, driven by surging international trade and strong consumer spending,” Gray said.

“Meanwhile, carloads of grain, food, lumber, paper, scrap metal and several other categories were higher in April 2021 than they were in both April 2020 and in April 2019. Carloads of chemicals and steel in April 2021 were much higher than last year and just shy of April 2019 levels.”

Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in April were 2,125,792, up 29.1 percent, or 478,818 carloads and intermodal units compared with April 2020,

Seventeen of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw carload gains compared with April 2020. 

These included coal, up 55,929 carloads or 28.7 percent; motor vehicles and parts, up 38,891 carloads or 465.9 percent; and chemicals, up 17,201 carloads or 14.8 percent.

Declines were seen by crushed stone, sand & gravel, down 823 carloads or 1 percent; primary forest products, down 124 carloads or 2.9 percent; and farm products excluding grain, down 74 carloads or 1.9 percent.

Excluding coal, carloads were up 126,131 carloads, or 21.9 percent, last month versus the same month in 2020. Excluding coal and grain, carloads were up 109,124 carloads, or 22.4 percent.

Total U.S. carload traffic for the first four months of 2021 was 3,862,937 carloads, up 2.8 percent, or 104,793 carloads, from the same period last year; and 4,793,498 intermodal units, up 17.6 percent, or 718,271 containers and trailers.