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Rail Shipments of Grain Continue Upward

Railroads originated record 29,123 grain carloads during week ending November 14

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U.S. Class I railroads originated a record 29,123 grain carloads during the week ending November 14, a weekly level not seen since the peak of 28,657 carloads in November 2016 (a year of record crop production).

While rail traffic across most commodities is down for the year to date, grain is up 2% according to the Association of American Railroads.

Grain shipments by rail have been particularly strong since early September, driven by substantial growth in grain exports.

Between September 5 and November 14, grain carloads were 20% above the period’s prior 3-year average.

Information provided by USDA Grain Transportation Report.

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