Weekly Grain Carloadings End 2017 on Low Volume

This article has been reprinted from the Jan. 11 Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending December 30, U.S. Class I railroads originated 15,713 grain carloads, down 30 percent from the previous week, 20 percent from last year, and 18 percent from the 3-year average. 

Weekly grain carloadings typically decrease during the end-of-year holiday week, but they were at their lowest level in five years, compared to 13,305 carloadings in 2012 when grain production was reduced following the severe drought. 

In addition to grain, the Association of American Railroads reported that weekly carloadings across all other commodity categories were down compared to the same week last year.