Through the first five weeks of 2023, total North American carload and intermodal traffic was virtually flat (-0.9%) with same point last year, according to the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) report. Both the U.S. and Mexico experienced decreases, while Canada saw growth. North American rail volume for the first five weeks of this year on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads came in at 3,171,238 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers. Cumulative volume in the U.S. was 2,293,210 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.0% from 2022; in Canada, 693,084 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.2%; and in Mexico, 184,944 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.1%.
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