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Peak season problems emerge

Intermodal industry will need to work together to avoid meltdowns The saying “It takes a village” is well known to most Americans, but it is likely to take on new significance in the intermodal industry as the peak season bursts on the scene in the next 45 days. The intermodal supply

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July 2021 – Intermodal Outlook

· There are limited changes this month as the underlying intermodal fundamentals are little changed from last month to this month. · Growth expectations will be lower in 2022 than they are this year just by virtue of a stronger comparison period. However, the longer-term fundamentals of intermodal growth remain

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July 2021 – Ports Review

North America Latest Import Statistics (Current Month) · Imports remain strong at North American ports with an overall 8.5% sequential increase from April to May. · This suggests that freight demand to move containers inland remains high and causes some concern about the rail intermodal numbers that suggest some weakenin

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July 2021 – Train Speed Review

Intermodal service as measured by train speed has not appreciably changed over the last month and remains at the low levels established coming out of the widespread weather-related disruptions that occurred earlier this year. The fact that there has been virtually no improvement aligns with what shippers said a month

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July 2021 – AAR Review

AAR Weekly Intermodal Loadings AAR weekly data provides the most timely information on recent intermodal activity. Data is issued on Wednesday of each week, covering the prior week’s movements. · Overview: Overall intermodal loadings have followed the cadence of the U.S. traffic flow, leveling out at lower levels

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July 2021 – Intermodal Review

Intermodal Revenue Moves · Total: Overall there was a slight decline in loadings from April to May, but total volumes held above the 1.6mn carload threshold. · International: International intermodal ticked up slightly as demand remains high and port congestion remains an issue. It did not tick up enough to

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July 2021 -Executive Overview

· Overview: Total intermodal volumes declined only slightly in the latest month as demand remains strong for consumer goods into the summer. · International: International volumes increased slightly and nearly fully offset a bit of weakness in the domestic space on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.  · Domestic: Domestic volumes

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Next year shows early promise Tight trucking market underpins stronger growth prospects

The expectations for next year’s intermodal market show extended promise as the underlying economic factors now appear more rosy. The Intermodal Competitive Index will hold in positive territory for longer into 2022 as the competing truck market takes longer to cool off and add additional capacity to the marketplace. Active

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June 2021 – Intermodal Outlook

· There were few near-term changes to the forecast this month as the overall value proposition presented by intermodal remains relatively little changed. · There was a significant increase nearly across the board for 2022 expectations with the exception of domestic trailers. It is now expected that the underlying fundamentals across

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June 2021 – Ports Review

North America Latest Import Statistics (Current Month) · U.S. import volumes sagged by 2% in April compared sequentially with a robust March. · The U.S. west coast was the laggard with volumes off just over 5% sequentially. Pacific Northwest ports and the San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and

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