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Total intermodal volumes fell 2.9% year-over-year in third-quarter 2021, according to the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) Intermodal Quarterly report.
International containers gained a slight 0.9% from 2020; domestic shipments, on the other hand, lost 5.7%, and trailers, 11.2%.
"Despite the various headlines on supply-chain disruptions, the third quarter volume loss was small relative to the size of this year’s earlier gains and in comparison to the previous 15 months of continuous gains," said IANA President and CEO Joni Casey in a press release.
The seven highest-density trade corridors, which collectively handled more than 60% of total volume, showed mixed results in the third quarter. The Southeast-Southwest was up 9.2%, followed by the Midwest-Northwest at 6.8% and the Trans-Canada at 6.7%.
The South Central-Southwest tumbled 8.7%; the Intra-Southeast posted a 4.6% loss; and the Midwest-Southwest dropped 3.1%. The Northeast-Midwest came in at 1.7% to the negative.