Grain Transportation Overview By Sector
Date Posted: January 31, 2013
This article is reprinted from the USDA's Jan. 31 Grain Transportation Report.
U.S. railroads originated 19,927 carloads of grain during the week ending January 19, up 8 percent from last week, down 5 percent from last year, and 13 percent lower than the 3-year average.
During the week ending January 24, average February non-shuttle secondary railcar bids/offers per car were $10 above tariff, $20 higher than last year.
Average shuttle bids/offers were $115 below tariff, down $33 from last week, and $129 higher than last year.
During the week ending January 26, barge grain movements totaled 498,468 tons, 6 percent lower than the previous week and 20 percent lower than the same period last year.
During the week ending January 26, 307 grain barges moved down river, down 14.2 percent from last week; 643 grain barges were unloaded in New Orleans, up 12.4 percent from the previous week.
During the week ending January 24, 42 ocean-going grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf, 11 percent more than the same period last year.
Forty-nine vessels are expected to be loaded within the next 10 days, 8 percent less than the same period last year.
During the week ending January 25, the ocean freight rate for shipping bulk grain from the Gulf to Japan was $46 per mt, unchanged from the previous week.
The cost of shipping from the PNW to Japan was $24 per mt, unchanged from the previous week.
During the week ending January 28, U.S. average diesel fuel prices increased 2.5 cent from the previous week to $3.93 per gallon—8 cents higher than the same week last year.
For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.