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Intermodal Container Volume on a Roll in United States

Domestic container volume recorded double-digit growth for the fourth quarter in a row, according to the Intermodal Association of North America's just-released Intermodal Market Trends + Statistics report.

IANA said every region it measures "reflected an increase in domestic containers which were responsible for the majority of total third-quarter intermodal gains. Volumes were most impressive in the Midwest and the Northeast regions, with each recording nearly a 15-percent uptick."

Overall, IANA said, intermodal volume increased a respectable 3.2 percent during a quarter that exhibited some economic slowdowns. Trailer volume dropped 10.7 percent, as shippers continued to move away from 45-foot and 48-foot equipment, although 53-foot trailer shipments held close to last year's volumes, dropping only a minimal 0.2 percent year-over-year, IANA said.

International intermodal volume also rose during the quarter, though more modestly at 0.9 percent, "with the Northwest and Western Canada regions recording impressive growth during Q3 of 13.8 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively," IANA said.

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IANA said every region it measures "reflected an increase in domestic containers which were responsible for the majority of total third-quarter intermodal gains. Volumes were most impressive in the Midwest and the Northeast regions, with each recording nearly a 15-percent uptick."

Overall, IANA said, intermodal volume increased a respectable 3.2 percent during a quarter that exhibited some economic slowdowns. Trailer volume dropped 10.7 percent, as shippers continued to move away from 45-foot and 48-foot equipment, although 53-foot trailer shipments held close to last year's volumes, dropping only a minimal 0.2 percent year-over-year, IANA said.

International intermodal volume also rose during the quarter, though more modestly at 0.9 percent, "with the Northwest and Western Canada regions recording impressive growth during Q3 of 13.8 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively," IANA said.

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