Grain Transportation Overview By Sector
Date Posted: March 27, 2014
This article is reprinted from the USDA's March 27 Grain Transportation Report.
U.S. railroads originated 21,045 carloads of grain during the week ending March 15, up 12 percent from last week, 21 percent from last year, and 3 percent from than the 3-year average.
During the week ending March 20, average April non-shuttle secondary railcar bids/offers per car were $1,875 above tariff, up $125 from last week and $1,875 higher than last year.
Average shuttle secondary railcar bids/offers per car were $2,158.50 above tariff, down $91.50 from last week and $2,279.50 higher than last year.
During the week ending March 22, barge grain movements totaled 646,750 tons, 14.6 percent lower than the previous week but 74.3 percent higher than the same period last year.
During the week ending March 22, 389 grain barges moved down river, down 18.8 percent from last week; 757 grain barges were unloaded in New Orleans, up 4.3 percent from the previous week.
During the week ending March 20, 45 ocean-going grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf, 36 percent more than the same period last year.
Fifty-three vessels are expected to be loaded within the next 10 days, 26 percent more than the same period last year.
During the week ending March 21, the ocean freight rate for shipping bulk grain from the Gulf to Japan was $53 per mt, unchanged from the previous week.
The cost of shipping from the Pacific Northwest to Japan was $29 per mt, down 3 percent from the previous week.
During the week ending March 24, U.S. average diesel fuel prices decreased 2 cents from the previous week to $3.99 per gallon, down 2 cents from with the same week last year.
For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.