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Grain Transportation Overview By Sector

Date Posted: January 2, 2014

This article is reprinted from the USDA's Jan. 2 Grain Transportation Report.

Rail

U.S. railroads originated 21,030 carloads of grain during the week ending December 21, up 2 percent from last week, up 5 percent from last year, and down 6 percent from the 3-year average.

During the week ending December 26, average January non-shuttle secondary railcar bids/offers per car were $650 above tariff, unchanged from last week and $637.50 higher than last year.

Average shuttle bids/offers were $1,731.50 per car above tariff, up $31.50 from last week and $1,671 higher than last year.

Barge

During the week ending December 28, barge grain movements totaled 635,800 tons—10 percent lower than the previous week but 95.3 percent higher than the same period last year.

During the week ending December 28, 417 grain barges moved down river, down 8.8 percent from last week; 671 grain barges were unloaded in New Orleans, down 23 percent from the previous week.

Ocean

During the week ending December 26, 39 ocean-going grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf, 95 percent more than the same period last year. Sixty-nine vessels are expected to be loaded within the next 10 days, 28 percent more than the same period last year.

During the week ending December 27, the ocean freight rate for shipping bulk grain from the Gulf to Japan was $58.00 per mt, unchanged from the previous week.

The cost of shipping from the Pacific Northwest to Japan was $29.50 per mt, unchanged from the previous week.

Fuel

During the week ending December 30, U.S. average diesel fuel prices increased 3 cents from the previous week to $3.90 per gallon— 2 cents lower than the same week last year.

For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.

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