USDA Weekly Grain Transportation - Sector Snapshots

<div><b><font face="arial">USDA Weekly Grain Transportation - Sector Snapshots</font></b></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><br><img src="https://download.qtmarketcenter.com/jay/Corn Combine.jpg"></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><u>Export Sales</u><br>For the week ending September 9, unshipped balances of wheat, corn, and soybeans for marketing year 2021/22 totaled 50.3 million metric tons (mmt) down 8 percent from same time last year. Net corn export sales for the new marketing year, which began September 1, were 0.247 mmt. Net soybean export sales for the new marketing year, which began September 1, were 1.264 mmt. Net weekly wheat export sales were 0.617 mmt, up 59 percent from last week. <br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><u>Rail</u><br>U.S. Class I railroads originated 16,718 grain carloads during the week ending September 11. This was unchanged from the previous week, 22 percent less than last year, and 16 percent lower than the 3-year average.<br>Average October shuttle secondary railcar bids/offers (per car) were $955 above tariff for the week ending September 16. This was $251 less than last week and $270 lower than this week last year. There were no non-shuttle bids/offers this week.<br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><u>Barge</u> <br>For the week ending September 18, barged grain movements totaled 168,892 tons. This was 4 percent lower than the previous week and 79 percent lower than the same period last year.<br>For the week ending September 18, 114 grain barges moved down river?no change from the previous week. There were 256 grain barges unloaded in New Orleans. <br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><u>Ocean</u><br>For the week ending September 16, 7 oceangoing grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf?79 percent fewer than the same period last year.<br>Within the next 10 days (starting September 17), 28 vessels were expected to be loaded?56 percent fewer than the same period last year.<br>Lower vessel counts are partly due to incomplete data because of Hurricane Ida.<br>As of September 16, the rate for shipping a metric ton (mt) of grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan was $81.50. This was 2 percent more than the previous week. The rate from the Pacific Northwest to Japan was $45.00 per mt, 2 percent more than the previous week. <br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><u>Fuel</u><br>For the week ending September 20, the U.S. average diesel fuel price increased by 1.30 cents from the previous week to $3.385 per gallon, 98.1 cents above the same week last year. At $3.29 per gallon, Midwest diesel prices were the highest since October 2018.<br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><br>