The Ontario Trucking Association’s 2Q 2015 business conditions survey shows that nearly half of Ontario carriers reported freight volume increases in the previous three months, compared to carriers in the 4Q 2014 survey.
Freight and Rail Transport Data, US: April 2015
This is the first time in 18 months that less than 30 per cent of carriers reported volume improvements, according the Ontario Trucking Association’s second quarter 2015 business conditions survey.
Sixty-seven percent of carriers reported no change.
Intra-provincially, 36 per cent of carriers indicated increased volumes, while 60 per cent who said the same thing exactly a year ago.
The survey also revealed US southbound volumes also slid as only 27 per cent of carriers reported increases, compared to 55 and 65 per cent of carriers in the previous two quarterly surveys.
That mark is the lowest since 4Q 2013 and the first back-to-back drop since 2Q 2013.
SOURCE: Today’s Trucking
US rail intermodal traffic, meanwhile, rose 2.9 per cent in the week ended May 16 compared with the same week last year as carload volume declined for the fourth consecutive week, the Association of American Railroads reported Tuesday.
Year-to-date, US intermodal volume increased 1.9 per cent to 4,959,620 units.
For the first 19 weeks of the year, carloads declined 2.2 per cent to 5,312,651, from the same time last year,
Railroads moved 280,107 intermodal trailers and containers, AAR announced May 20 in its weekly report. The rise follows a 3.8 per cent increase the prior week.
Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, dropped 10 per cent year-over-year to 269,092 carloads. The last carload increase was the week of April 18, when volume rose 1.2 per cent.
Intermodal volume for 13 reporting North American railroads increased 5 per cent to 355,252 trailers and containers.
Canadian railroads moved 64,098 intermodal units, a 5.3 per cent rise, according to AAR.
SOURCE: Association of American Railroads