Late last week the American Association of Railroads (AAR) published rail traffic data for the week ending September 25th, and compared the traffic to the same week last year. Here is the data they provided:
|US Rail Traffic, Week Ending September 25, 2021||This Week|
|Farm products excl Grain and Food||15,503||-1.1%|
|Metallic Ores and Metals||24,120||22.4%|
|Motor Vehicles and Parts||11,563||-29.2%|
|Petroleum & Petroleum Products||10,444||-6.0%|
|Total Intermodal Units||272,644||-7.3%|
Once again, we see the biggest drop off as compared to last year is motor vehicles and parts. To show how badly this sector is performing, on July 6th we provided their data for the week ending June 26th, and at that time carloads for motor vehicles and parts were only down by just over 5%. So the decline is now well over five times as much. So, if you think about how many suppliers in the US are associated with the motor vehicle industry, you can imagine how big an impact this has on our economy. This is a huge price to pay to have lost control of the production of chips to Asian producers.