Five of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by nonmetallic minerals at 13%.
For the first 45 weeks, intermodal volume has increased 5.4% from the same period last year, to 11.73 million units.
Year to date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 5.6% to 14.8 million trailers and containers.
Canadian railroads reported 54,537 intermodal units, a 3.1% decline compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 45 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported volume of 2,580,255 intermodal units, a 6.4% increase from last year, according to AAR.
Mexican intermodal rail volume increased 14.9% to 11,095 intermodal units. Volume for the first 45 weeks of the year increased 5.3% to 481,449 intermodal units from last year.
The Intermodal Association of North America recently reported truck/rail freight volume rose 5.1% to 4.21 million shipments in the third quarter.
Total domestic intermodal volumes improved 5.5% to 2.08 million shipments in the quarter, while international intermodal gained 4.7% over last year’s third quarter to reach 2.14 million shipments.
The domestic container portion of the U.S. intermodal market rose 7%, according to IANA.
Source: Transport Topics