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Mexico Rail Freight Carloads for Week Ended Feb. 25

March 01, 2012

The following table details the number of freight carloads on major Mexican railroads for the week ended Feb. 25 compared with the same week a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Motor vehicles, chemicals, metals and grain account for most carloads. Multi-use containers hauled by rail represent most intermodal units originated.

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                       Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Intermodal total       9,135     7,757   17.8%     71,859     59,085   21.6%
 Containers            9,068     7,757   16.9%     71,717     59,020   21.5%
 Trailers                 67         0     n/a        142         65  118.5%
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Total carloads        13,790    15,011   -8.1%    104,794    114,531   -8.5%
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Grain                    780     1,027  -24.1%      7,503      9,162  -18.1%
Farm, ex-grain           327       164   99.4%     24,878     22,655    9.8%
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                       Total  Year Ago   YOY %   YTD 2012   YTD 2011   YTD %
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Metallic ores            909     1,572  -42.2%     99,665     91,497    8.9%
Coal                     141       227  -37.9%     69,174     55,496   24.6%
Crushed stone            147       211  -30.3%     13,926     10,251   35.9%
Non-metal minerals        28        45  -37.8%        190        892  -78.7%
Grain mill products       82       217  -62.2%        945      1,618  -41.6%
Food                   1,069     1,122   -4.7%      7,498      7,427    1.0%
Primary forest             5         3   66.7%         34         23   47.8%
Lumber                    21        10  110.0%        117         98   19.4%
Pulp and paper            45        32   40.6%        339        377  -10.1%
Chemicals              1,149     1,249   -8.0%      8,688      8,386    3.6%
Petroleum Prod.          405       518  -21.8%      3,028      4,057  -25.4%
Stone, Clay, Glass     2,010     1,889    6.4%     14,930     14,764    1.1%
Coke                     447       551  -18.9%      3,893      4,277   -9.0%
Metals                 1,847     1,876   -1.5%     13,033     15,461  -15.7%
Motor vehicles         3,584     3,222   11.2%     24,061     23,702    1.5%
Iron & Steel Scrap       319       378  -15.6%      2,318      2,604  -11.0%
Waste/nonferrous         138       291  -52.6%        902      1,462  -38.3%
All others               337       407  -17.2%      2,926      3,037   -3.7%
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NOTE: Mexican railroads reporting traffic are Ferrocarril Mexicano and KCS de Mexico.

SOURCE: Association of American Railroads,

To contact the reporter on this story: Ainhoa Goyeneche in Washington at agoyenechecu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Marco Babic at mbabic@bloomberg.net


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