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Intermodal Haulers Post Record-setting Year in 2010

February 08, 2011

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A near 17-percent surge in volume in the fourth quarter pushed 2010 intermodal volumes up by 14.7 percent overall for the year, says Intermodal Association of North America.
ISO Container movements posted an 18.5 percent increase over 2009 levels. (Photo by Jim Park)
ISO Container movements posted an 18.5 percent increase over 2009 levels. (Photo by Jim Park)
IANA's <> stated that the strong fourth quarter international results also helped overall 2010 international volume to increase 18.5% - the highest increase since IANA began reporting intermodal statistics in 1996. After several previous quarters of decline, international intermodal volume surged every quarter of 2010, driven primarily by retailers rebuilding inventories.

Overall 2010 Intermodal Volume Comparisons
* Intermodal trailer moves were up 3.7 percent in 2010 over 2009, with 1,664,064 movements recorded.
* Domestic container movements reached 4,488,311 in 2010 up 13.3 percent from 2009.
* ISO Container movements posted an 18.5 percent increase over 2009 levels, with 7,237,729 movements recorded.
* All intermodal movements jumped to 13,390,104 in 2010, compared to 11,670,350 movements in 2009 -- and increase of 14.7 percent.

Total domestic volume during the fourth quarter was the highest ever recorded by IANA, topping 1.6 million loads, helping make 2010 the best growth year for overall domestic business since IANA started reporting intermodal statistics. Domestic container growth was up 8.9% in Q4 2010, ending the year 13.3 percent above 2009 figures. This increase followed a 7.0 percent gain in 2008 and 2.9 percent growth in 2009. Unlike international volumes, domestic container volumes never declined during the recent recession.

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