Grain Transportation Overview by Sector: 11/28/19

This article has been reprinted from USDA's Nov. 28 Grain Transportation Report.

Export Sales

For the week ending November 14, unshipped balances of wheat, corn, and soybeans totaled 23.3 mmt.

This represents a 19-percent decrease in outstanding sales, compared to the same time last year.

Net corn export sales reached .788 mmt, up 36 percent from the past week.

Net soybean export sales were 1.52 mmt, up 22 percent from the previous week.

Net weekly wheat export sales reached .438 mmt, up 83 percent from the from the previous week.


U.S. Class I railroads originated 22,331 grain carloads during the week ending November 16.

This was a 2-percent increase from the previous week, 6 percent less than last year, and 6 percent lower than the 3-year average.

Average December shuttle secondary railcar bids/offers (per car) were $100 below tariff for the week ending November 21.

This was $38 more than last week and $50 more than this week last year.

There were no non-shuttle bids/offers this week.


For the week ending November 23, barge grain movements totaled 957,863 tons.

This was an 8-percent increase from the previous week and 4 percent more than the same period last year.

For the week ending November 23, 622 grain barges moved down river—60 more barges than the previous week.

There were 855 grain barges unloaded in New Orleans, 16 percent more than the previous week.


For the week ending November 21, 30 oceangoing grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf—19 percent less than the same period last year.

Within the next 10 days (starting November 22), 44 vessels were expected to be loaded—19 percent fewer than the same period last year.

As of November 21, the rate for shipping a metric ton (mt) of grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan was $46.25.

This was 1 percent less than the previous week.

The rate from PNW to Japan was $24.75 per mt, unchanged from the previous week.