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December 2021 – Executive Overview

· Overview: Intermodal volumes were 10% lower than the same time last year, with domestic and international each contributing to the decline. · International: International volumes suffered the larger decline at nearly 13% compared with the same time last year and nearly 2% sequentially. Ocean lines are encouraging shippers to transload freight as

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December 2021 – Intermodal Review

Overall volumes moved higher in the latest month on the strength of gains in U.S. domestic volumes. Canada was nearly flat, and Mexico increased as protests which blocked rail lines eased. International: International volumes weakened on an overall basis with nearly all of the decline coming from U.S

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December 2021 – AAR Review

Overall intermodal loadings have been essentially flat over the last several months with the exception of the Labor Day holiday week. United States: The U.S. has exemplified this flat pattern as volumes have helped shape the overall North American volume trajectory. Canada: Canadian volumes have shown more volatility than

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December 2021 – Train Service Review

Intermodal service has declined in recent weeks. Canadian service performance is likely to take a hit due to line closures. Intermodal service declined slightly on an absolute basis in recent weeks, but this decline is in line with typical seasonal expectations. The overall level of velocity for intermodal trains is

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December 2021 – Ports Review

North America Latest Import Statistics Import activity across North America remains at strong levels, increasing 4% sequentially. However, there are some shifts occurring as to where the cargo gains are happening.The U.S. west coast saw volumes decline by 0.4% sequentially, while East and Gulf coast port traffic gained 6.5% compared with

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December 2021 – Intermodal Outlook

Expectations came down again this month as intermodal volumes remain stagnant since the July 4th holiday despite strong demand.The international side of the business experienced the most dramatic declines as the combination of shippers seeking alternatives to the U.S. west coast, increased transloading, and ocean carriers wanting to

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The year ahead is more cloudy than normal

Predictions for 2022 may be as good as a Magic 8 Ball Normally, by the time thoughts turn to turkey and Santa, the intermodal industry has an idea of what the following year will look like. This year, still dealing with rampant congestion in the pandemic’s wake, intermodal predictions about how

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Present situation could shape future outcomes for intermodal

The present congestion and service-plagued status for intermodal could have consequences over the longer term for all stakeholders in the chain, as retailers look for alternatives to avoid empty shelves heading into the holiday season. The fact that railroads are metering capacity to limit congestion at inland facilities and ports

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November 2021 – Intermodal Outlook

· The outlook dimmed again this month as it appears volumes will hold at present levels through the end of the year. There is demand to move more goods via intermodal, but congestion and metering by the carriers are limiting how high volumes can go. The existing thinking is that

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November 2021 – Ports Review

North America Latest Import Statistics (Current Month) · Port activity slowed at nearly every major port complex sequentially despite strong demand from ships waiting off the coast of most port complexes. · It is possible that sequential upticks start to be seen as railroads and ports try to encourage shippers

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