AAR: Overall carload and intermodal traffic down more than 5% for the week of June 15

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Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroads today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 15.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 527,989 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending June 15 were 257,385 carloads, down 4.6 percent compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 270,604 containers and trailers, down 6.2 percent compared to 2018.

Two of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. They were petroleum and petroleum products, up 1,528 carloads, to 12,747; and chemicals, up 701 carloads, to 32,431. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included coal, down 7,625 carloads, to 77,903; non-metallic minerals, down 2,226 carloads, to 37,766; and forest products, down 1,284 carloads, to 9,547.

For the first 24 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,032,967 carloads, down 2.8 percent from the same point last year; and 6,385,232 intermodal units, down 2.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 24 weeks of 2019 was 12,418,199 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending June 15, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads totaled 363,560 carloads, down 3.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 359,366 intermodal units, down 4.4 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 722,926 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.9 percent. North American rail volume for the first 24 weeks of 2019 was 16,908,063 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.9 percent compared with 2018.

Canadian railroads reported 85,070 carloads for the week, up 0.6 percent, and 70,512 intermodal units, up 1 percent compared with the same week in 2018. For the first 24 weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,607,069 carloads, containers and trailers, up 2.1 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 21,105 carloads for the week, down 4.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 18,250 intermodal units, up 2.9 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 24 weeks of 2019 was 882,795 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 4.2 percent from the same point last year.

— An Association of American Railroads news release. June 19, 2019.
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