According to the Association of American Railroads report posted January 3, 2013 both U.S. fright carload traffic and U.S. intermodal volume declined for the week of December 29, 2012.
U.S. freight carload traffic dropped 13.8% compared to the same week in 2011. U.S. intermodal traffic also decline 14%. For the 52 weeks in 2012, AAR reported that U.S. freight carload traffic dropped 3.1% compared to 2011. On the other hand, U.S. intermodal volume was up 3.2% for the year compared for 2011.
Canadian freight carload volume was also down from 2011 for the week ending December 29th, it dropped 9.9%, while Canadian intermodal volume was up 0.3%. In contrast to the U.S., both Canadian freight carload volume and intermodal volume seen an increase for the year compared to 2011. Freight carload volume was up 2%, and intermodal volume increased 6.6%.
Mexican freight carload volume was down 1.9% for the week ending December 29th when compared to the same week in 2011. Mexican intermodal volume increase 11.6% for the week. Mexican freight carload volume and intermdodal both were up from 2011 for the year. Freight carload volume rose 1.3%, and intermodal was up 19%.
U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads’ combined rail volume for 2012 was down 2% from 2011. However, combined North American intermodal volume was up 4.2% for the year.