This article has been reprinted from the Aug. 22 USDA Grain Transportation Report.
For the week ending August 8, unshipped balances of wheat, corn, and soybeans totaled 13.3 mmt.
This indicates a 17 percent decrease in outstanding sales, compared to the same time last year.
Net corn export sales reached .056 mmt, up 32 percent from the previous week.
Net soybean export sales were negative .110 mmt, compared to the past week.
Net weekly wheat export sales reached .462 mmt, down 5 percent from the previous week.
U.S. Class I railroads originated 21,402 grain carloads during the week ending August 10.
This is a 5 percent decrease from the previous week, 2 percent less than last year, and 3 percent lower than the 3-year average.
Average September shuttle secondary railcar bids/offers (per car) were $150 below tariff for the week ending August 15.
This is $125 more than last week and $206 lower than this week last year.
There were no non-shuttle bids/offers this week.
For the week ending August 17, barge grain movements totaled 547,342 tons.
This is a 3.5 percent decrease from the previous week and 23 percent less than the same period last year.
For the week ending August 17, 348 grain barges moved down river.
This is 20 fewer barges than the previous week.
There were 682 grain barges unloaded in New Orleans, 3 percent less than the previous week.
For the week ending August 15, 44 ocean-going grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf.
This is 47 percent more than the same period last year.
Forty-four vessels are expected to be loaded within the next 10 days.
This is 19 percent fewer than the same period last year.
As of August 15, the rate for shipping a metric ton (mt) of grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan was $50.50.
This is 3 percent more than the previous week.
The rate from the PNW to Japan was $27.75 per mt, 3 percent more than the previous week.
For the week ending August 19, the U.S. average diesel fuel price decreased 1.7 cents from the previous week, to $2.994 per gallon.
This price is 21.3 cents less than the same week last year.