Rail Traffic Tumbles in USA and PRC

Source: Railfax

BI: China's economy could be in more trouble than we think
While China’s economy was strong, rail freight volumes were soaring. For example, in 2010, when China was pump-priming its economy, rail freight volume jumped 10.8% from a year earlier. In 2011, it rose 6.9%. It had soared 44% from 2005 to 2011! But 2011 was the peak.

In 2012, volume in trillion ton-kilometers declined one notch and in 2013 stagnated. But in 2014, volume skidded 5.8%. And in 2015, volume plunged 10.5% to 3.4 billion tons, according to Caixin, citing figures from the National Railway Administration. It was the largest annual decline ever booked in China.

...Then came the first quarter of 2016.

Rail freight volume plunged 9.4% year-over-year to 788 million tons
, according to data from China Railway Corporation, cited today by the People’s Daily.

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