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.