Grain Transportation Overview By Sector
Date Posted: February 14, 2013
This article is reprinted from the USDA's Feb. 14 Grain Transportation Report.
U.S. railroads originated 16,922 carloads of grain during the week ending February 2, down 9 percent from last week, 15 percent from last year, and 26 percent lower than the 3-year average.
During the week ending February 7, average February non-shuttle secondary railcar bids/offers per car were at tariff, up $6.50 from last week and $6 lower than last year.
Average shuttle bids/offers were $35 above tariff, up $112 from last week and $235 higher than last year.
During the week ending February 9, barge grain movements totaled 495,873 tons, 16 percent higher than the previous week but 39 percent lower than the same period last year.
During the week ending February 9, 305 grain barges moved down river, up 11.7 percent from last week; 531 grain barges were unloaded in New Orleans, up 3.5 percent from the previous week.
During the week ending February 7, 32 ocean-going grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf, 14 percent less than the same period last year.
Forty-four vessels are expected to be loaded within the next 10 days, 6 percent less than the same period last year.
During the week ending February 8, 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 Pacific Northwest to Japan was $24 per mt, unchanged from the previous week.
For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.