Intermodal volumes realized a 4.5 percent increase in growth during the second quarter of 2005, according to Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics, a quarterly publication of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).
Growth during the quarter echoed recent trends, with sustained gains in international volume offsetting modest domestic declines.
The overall rate of intermodal growth slowed somewhat, increasing at half the rate observed during full year 2004.
International growth rates fell slightly, but still were well above historic averages.
Domestic volume fell at a slightly faster pace than the first quarter of 2005, reflecting a probable early-spring economic soft patch, combined with increased truckload capacity, tight domestic container supply, and evolving railroad marketing strategies.
Domestic container results improved from the previous quarter, but were tempered by significantly lower trailer volumes.
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