For the week ending Dec. 11, barged grain movements totaled 836,790 tons, 4% less than the previous week and 1% higher than the same period last year.
For the week ending Dec. 11, 493 grain barges moved down river — 48 fewer barges than the previous week. There were 745 grain barges unloaded in the New Orleans region, 1% lower than last week.
For the week ending Dec. 9, 30 oceangoing grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf — down 33% from the same period last year. Within the next 10 days (starting Dec. 10), 64 vessels were expected to be loaded — 3% fewer than the same period last year. As of Dec. 9, the rate for shipping a metric ton (mt) of grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan was $72.50. This was 2% higher than last week. The rate from the Pacific Northwest to Japan was $39.00 per mt, 4% higher than last week.
For the week ending Dec. 13, the U.S. average diesel fuel price decreased by 2.5 cents from the previous week to $3.649 per gallon, $1.09 above the same week last year. At $3.512 per gallon, the average Midwest diesel price has declined for six consecutive weeks and is at its lowest level since Oct. 11, 2021.