Coal railcar loadings down 34% from this time in 2015

For the week ended March 12, the amount of coal shipped by rail in the United States was down 34.1% compared with the same week in 2015, according to the latest figures from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

There were 71,221 carloads of coal moved by rail during the most recent week where the figures were available, according to AAR. For the first 10 weeks of 2016 coal traffic on the railroads is down 30.7%, according to AAR figures.

For the week ending March 12 total U.S. weekly rail traffic for all products was 489,177 carloads and intermodal units, down 11.6% compared with the same week last year.

Canadian rail shipments of coal were listed at 6,693 carloads for the week ended March 12 or 32.5% down from one year ago. So far in 2016, Canadian rail car traffic is down 16.5% from a year ago, according to AAR.

As for Mexico, the coal traffic for the latest full week was a miniscule 69 cars, down more than 53% from the same week in 2015. Coal traffic in Mexico is down 13.6% so far in 2016.

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