Rail traffic in the US fell 5.6% year-over-year in the seven days that ended on July 13, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Volume totaled 527,908 carloads and intermodal units last week, the AAR said on Wednesday. Carloads fell 4% from the same week the previous year to 260,762 while intermodal units fell 7.2% to 267,146, the association said.

Two of the 10 commodity groups posted an increase from the same week in 2018. Petroleum and petroleum products rose 1,140 carloads to 13,098 while chemicals rose 105 carloads to 32,859. Coal fell 3,858 carloads to 80,874 while nonmetallic minerals fell 2,728 carloads to 36,661. Motor vehicles and parts fell 2,005 carloads to 13,080.

Since the start of the year, US railroads reported volume of 7.03 million carloads, down 3.1% year-over-year, and 7.42 million intermodal units, down 3.5%. Traffic in the first 28 weeks of the year was down 3.3% versus last year at 14.45 million carloads and intermodal units.

North American carload volume last week fell 3.2% year-over-year to 363,010 while intermodal traffic lost 4.6% to 356,757 trailers and containers. Combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 719,676 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.9%.

North American rail volume since the start of the year was down 2.2% year-over-year to 19.71 million carloads and intermodal units, the association said.

Canadian rail traffic totaled 81,572 carloads last week, down 1.3% from the year before, and 71,573 intermodal units, up 5.1%. In the first 28 weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads said cumulative rail traffic totaled 4.22 million carloads, containers and trailers, a 2.1% increase year-over-year.

Mexican railroads reported 20,676 carloads for the week, down 0.9% versus the same week in 2018, and 18,038 containers and trailers, a 0.3% increase. Cumulative volume since the start of the year was 1.04 million carloads and intermodal units, a 3.4% drop from last year, the AAR said.

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