Metal and coal deliveries in US railways fell in February: US Railways (AAR) announced on Thursday (March 11th) that the total traffic of US railways in February increased with the increase in traffic of intermodal and wagon shipments in February compared to February in 6. In February, intermodal traffic of US railways was recorded as 2013 trailers and containers with an annual increase of 1,1 or 10.729 units. Along with the increase the intermodal traffic of US railways has recorded an annual increase of 993.807 months in a row. In the same month, total wagon loadings were recorded as 51 units with a decrease of 1,1 or 12.061 units annually.
In nine of the 20 sectors whose data were collected by AAR in February, wagon loading increased on an annual basis. In the specified month, the biggest increases in wagon loads were seen in grain shipments with 12,3% and grain processing products shipments with 10,1%. In February, the biggest decreases in wagon loading were realized in coal shipments with a decrease of 3,5% annually and in base metal products shipments with a decrease of 7,2% annually. In the US, wagon shipments fell 0,9% year-on-year, excluding coal and grain shipments.
"It would be nice if we could eliminate the impact of difficult winter conditions on rail traffic," said John T. Gray, vice president of the AAR Policy and Economy unit. Assuming that the weather will improve, we expect an increase in rail transportation in the coming months. On the other hand, we know how important it is to safely transport crude oil on railways and we are looking for ways to make this possible. ” gave expressions.