IANA data points to August intermodal volumes seeing slight decline, amid signs of improvement

As was the case in July, August intermodal volumes mostly saw sequential gains, while year-to-date volumes, through August, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, were largely down, according to data provided to LM by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Total August shipments—at 1,575,928—were off 2.7% annually. Domestic containers—at 695,999—were up 4.4%, while trailers—at 108,901—were up 3.2%. All domestic equipment—at 804,900—was up 4.3%. ISO, or international, containers—at 771,028—saw a 2.7% decline.

On a year-to-date basis through August, IANA reported the following:

  • domestic containers fell 0.1% to 4,993,588;
  • trailers were down 12.7% to 733,736;
  • all domestic equipment was off 1.7% to 5,727,324;
  • ISO containers declined 12.7% to 5,569,982; and
  • total units were down 7.5%, to 11,297,306

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