Domestic coal rail traffic down 33.5% for week ended May 7

Coal traffic on U.S. railroads was down 33.5% to 62,394 carloads for the week ended May 7, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on May 11.

For the first 18 weeks of 2016, U.S. coal rail traffic has averaged 69,136 carloads, which is a decline of 34.1% from the first 18 weeks of 2015.

The market collapse is also evident in Canada and Mexico as well.

North American coal carload traffic on the railroads was down 33% year-on-year for the week ended May 7 at 68,335 carloads.

The cumulative North American coal rail traffic for the first 18 weeks of 2016 has averaged 76,353 carloads, which is a 32.6% decrease from the same point in 2015.


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