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AAR Reports Mixed Volumes for Carload and Intermodal in July

Posted August 07, 2017

Under Economic Issues, Logistics & Supply Chain Issues

(Logistics Management)

United States rail carload and intermodal volumes were mixed in July, according to data issued this week by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carloads dipped 0.6%, or 6,079 carloads, annually to 1,019,239. And the AAR noted that 9 of the 20 carload commodities it tracks were up annually, including: crushed stone, sand & gravel, up 15 percent or 13,458 carloads; coal, up 4 percent or 13,097 carloads; and chemicals, up 1.5 percent or 1,842 carloads. Commodities that saw declines in July 2017 from July 2016 included: grain, down 14 percent or 13,325 carloads; motor vehicles & parts, down 12.9 percent or 7,544 carloads; and petroleum & petroleum products, down 15.4 percent or 6,508 carloads.

The AAR pointed out than when removing coal, carloads were down 2.8%, or 19,176 carloads, annually, and when excluding coal and grain, carloads were off 1%, or 5,851 carloads.

On the intermodal side, containers and trailers rose 5.6%, or 55,997 units, to 1,058,354 from July 2016 to July 2017. Click here to read more.