U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 7.7% in the week ended May 10 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.
Railroads moved 267,283 intermodal trailers and containers that week, AAR said May 15 in its weekly report.
Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 5.6% year-over-year to 296,813 carloads.
Seven of the 10 commodity groups that AAR tracks increased over last year, led by grain at 29.7%. Chemicals led the decline with a 2.2% drop.
For the first 19 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 5.4% from the same period last year to 4,786,458 units.
Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 5.2% to 6 million trailers and containers.