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November 2018 – Train Speed Review

Intermodal train speeds experienced a slight seasonal decline in the last few weeks, but have mostly remained stable. There has not been a noticeable improvement toward historical levels despite the stability of recent weeks. Shippers have cited the ongoing service issues as a reason for moving some traffic away from

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November 2018 – Intermodal Port Data

North America Latest Import Statistics (Current Month) Volume levels jumped 5.6% on a seasonally-adjusted basis in September compared with the prior month, led by a strong rebound in Canadian import activity. Imports outperformed the recent trend in September, posting 5.1% year-over-year gains compared with 2017. The last 12 months have been good for import

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November 2018 – AAR Review

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.   Intermodal growth pace slowing: There is weakness in loadings across all three of the North American countries over recent weeks.   United States: The

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November 2018 – Intermodal Review

Total: Intermodal growth rates slowed in the month of September across the board with overall intermodal growth rates settling just above 2%.   International: International intermodal growth eased at a sharper pace than intermodal, but is likely to mount a resurgence later in the year. Several large international intermodal shippers have

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November 2018 – Executive Overview

Overview: Intermodal growth slowed in September and is showing signs of continued slowing in October. Intermodal could move stronger later in the fourth quarter as importers seek to bring goods in before more tariffs take effect on 1 January.   International: International growth slowed to 2.3% above 2017 levels in September, down from

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Mildly Capacity-Reducing Regulations on Tap for Trucking

The federal government is in deregulatory mode, but two trucking regulations adopted late in the Obama administration will take effect early in 2020. One regulation will establish a national clearinghouse to maintain records on drivers who have either tested positive for drugs or alcohol or refused to submit to required tests

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October 2018 – Outlook

■ Rail carloads have maintained slow but steady growth throughout the year, a pace that is expected to be maintained through the first three quarters of 2019. ■ Petroleum products carloads have helped support rail carload gains in recent weeks as volumes from Texas shale formations are robust. ■ Railcar utilization is forecast to

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RAIL REGULATIONS UNLIKELY TO CHANGE IN NEAR FUTURE, BUT ACTIVITY CAN STILL OCCUR

The fall was expected to usher in a reawakening of the railroad industry’s major economic regulator, but with D.C. focused on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to join the Supreme Court, the Surface Transportation Board has shuffled down the list of priorities. The five-member board’s three pending

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Rail regulations unlikely to change in near future, but activity can still occur.

  The fall was expected to usher in a reawakening of the railroad industry’s major economic regulator, but with D.C. focused on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to join the Supreme Court, the Surface Transportation Board has shuffled down the list of priorities.   The five-member board’s

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