US Domestic Intermodal Climbs

Nov. 12, 2008
Domestic intermodal had its best performance since the second quarter of 2004, according to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA)

Domestic intermodal had its best performance since the second quarter of 2004, according to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Domestic containers led the way with a 10.5% gain, the strongest quarter since 1999. Moderate domestic trailer volumes pushed overall domestic volume ahead 6.7% in the third quarter of 2008.

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Year-to-date volumes rose 4.7% overall, according to Intermodal Market Trends and Statistics, a report published by IANA.

A 16.1% surge in 53-foot containers pushed domestic container volumes. Domestic container gains were particularly strong in the Midwest-Northeast corridor, noted the report. Eastbound shipments in the corridor were up 15% and Westbound shipments increased 6%.

Weak consumer spending depressed container imports and overall international results, said the report. International volumes declined 6.1% in the third quarter, compared with the same period a year earlier. Year-to-date, international volume is down 5.7%.

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