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AAR on week No. 24: Carloads continued to fall, intermodal volume continued to rise in U.S.


For the week ending June 16, U.S. railroads originated 287,036 carloads, down 2.5 percent, and 249,975 containers and trailers, up 5.2 percent compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Twelve of 20 carload commodity groups posted gains, led by petroleum products (50.3 percent), motor vehicles and equipment (22.6 percent) and coke (11.1 percent). Metallic ore volume dropped 18.5 percent, non-metallic mineral carloads fell 15.2 percent, and iron and steel scrap traffic declined 12.6 percent.
For the week ending June 16, Canadian railroads reported 76,653 carloads, down 3 percent, and 54,355 containers and trailers, up 13 percent year over year. Mexican railroads’ weekly carloads tumbled 4.6 percent to 15,293 units, but their intermodal volume rose 7.6 percent to 9,975 units.
Through 2012’s first 24 weeks, 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads originated 8,932,066 carloads, down 1.8 percent, and 6,969,378 containers and trailers, up 4.2 percent compared with the same 2011 period.

To access graphics provided by ASI-Transmatch that show changes to and depict trends in AAR weekly carloading data through June 16, log onto and scroll toward the bottom of the home page.

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