NORTH American rail volume for the week ending March 19 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 232,770 carloads, up 1.1 per cent compared with the same week in 2021, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2021. They included coal, up 4,182 carloads, to 63,929; chemicals, up 2,656 carloads, to 34,178; and nonmetallic minerals, up 1,984 carloads, to 31,151.
Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2021 included grain, down 4,014 carloads, to 23,317; petroleum and petroleum products, down 2,457 carloads, to 9,181; and motor vehicles and parts, down 958 carloads, to 13,953.
Total combined US traffic for the first seven weeks of 2022 was 3,364,164 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 7.1 per cent compared to last year.
Canadian railways reported 74,320 carloads for the week, up 9.2 per cent, and 65,486 intermodal units, up 10.7 per cent compared with the same week in 2021. For the first seven weeks of 2022, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 1,487,674 carloads, containers and trailers, down 10.2 per cent.
Mexican railways reported 22,435 carloads for the week, up 16.2 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 16,088 intermodal units, up 13.1 per cent.
Cumulative volume on Mexican railways for the first 11 weeks of 2022 was 411,640 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 0.9 per cent from the same point last year.