USDA Weekly Grain Transportation - Sector Snapshots

USDA Weekly Grain Transportation - Sector Snapshots

Export Sales
For the week ending May 12, unshipped balances of wheat, corn, and soybeans for marketing year 2021/22 totaled 28.1 million metric tons (mmt), down 3 percent from the same time last year and down 5 percent from the previous week. Net corn export sales were 0.435 mmt, up significantly from the previous week. Net soybean export sales were 0.753 mmt, up significantly from the previous week. Net weekly wheat export sales were 0.009 mmt, down 40 percent from the previous week.

Rail
U.S. Class I railroads originated 21,910 grain carloads during the week ending May 14. This was a 2-percent decrease from the previous week, 14 percent fewer than last year, and 7 percent fewer than the 3-year average.
Average June shuttle secondary railcar bids/offers (per car) were $1,256 above tariff for the week ending May 19. This was $1,181 more than last week and $1,500 more than this week last year.

Barge
For the week ending May 21, barged grain movements totaled 711,200 tons. This was 15 percent lower than the previous week and 31 percent lower than the same period last year.
For the week ending May 21, 449 grain barges moved down river-64 fewer barges than the previous week. There were 774 grain barges unloaded in the New Orleans region, 13 percent more than last week.

Ocean
For the week ending May 19, 31 oceangoing grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf-7 percent more than the same period last year.
Within the next 10 days (starting May 20), 45 vessels were expected to be loaded-7 percent more than the same period last year.
As of May 19, the rate for shipping a metric ton (mt) of grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan was $82.50. This was 1 percent more than the previous week. The rate from the Pacific Northwest to Japan was $47.00 per mt, 1 percent more than the previous week.

Fuel
For the week ending May 23, the U.S. average diesel fuel price decreased 4.2 cents from the previous week to $5.571 per gallon, 231.8 cents above the same week last year.



LJ