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U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see annual gains in April, reports AAR

May 7, 2021

United States rail carload and intermodal volumes, for the month of April, each saw significant annual gains compared to a difficult pandemic-influenced April 2020, according to data issued this week by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Rail carloads—at 951,840—headed up 23.7%, or 182,060 units. AAR said that 17 of the 20 carload commodity categories it tracks saw annual gains, including: coal, up 55,929 carloads or 28.7 percent; motor vehicles & parts, up 38,891 carloads or 465.9 percent; and chemicals, up 17,201 carloads or 14.8 percent. Commodities that saw declines in April 2021 from April 2020 included: crushed stone, sand & gravel, down 823 carloads or 1 percent; primary forest products, down 124 carloads or 2.9 percent; and farm products excl. grain, down 74 carloads or 1.9 percent.

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