AAR: Minerals, farm products, and forest shipments on the rise

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Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — Railroads logged another solid performance last week week according to carload data compiled by the Association of American Railroads. For the week ending July 15, U.S. railroads handled 540,005 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.8 percent compared with the same week in 2016.

Freight carload traffic was up 0.3 percent, while intermodal volume was up 7.4 percent for last week.

Approximately five of the 10 carload commodity groups recognized by the AAR posted gains in last week's report. They included nonmetallic minerals, up 14.3 percent to 40,764 carloads; farm products that exclude grain, and food, up 4.1 percent to 16,567 carloads; and forest products, up 3.2 percent to 10,205 carloads.

Other commodities didn’t perform as well. Petroleum and petroleum related products were down 16.8 percent to 9,337 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, down 12.5 percent to 12,299 carloads; and grain, down 10.9 percent to 22,802 carloads.

So far this year, U.S. railroads have handled more than 14.5 million carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.4 percent compared to the first 28 weeks of 2016.

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