U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 9.3% in the week ended April 12 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.
Railroads moved 264,382 intermodal trailers and containers that week, AAR said April 17 in its weekly report.
Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 7.2% year-over-year to 295,294 carloads.
Eight of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by grain (21.7%). Metallic ores and metals declined 3.9%, and forest products declined 1.5%.
For the first 15 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 4.8% from the same period last year to 3,728,465 units.
Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 4.3% to 4.7 million trailers and containers.