23 April 2009 16:46 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--US chemical railcar traffic fell 12.7% in the week ended on 18 April from the same week in 2008, marking the 33rd straight decline, according to data released by an industry association on Thursday.
US chemical railcar loadings for the week were 27,133, down from 31,065 in the same week in 2008, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
Sequentially, the decline compares with a 22.2% drop in the previous week ended on 11 April.
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For the year-to-date period through 18 April, US chemical railcar loadings fell 18.0% to 384,240, down from 468,470 in the same period last year.
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Canadian chemical rail traffic for the week ended on 18 April dropped 35.0% to 10,003, down from 15,400 in the same week last year.
For the year-to-date period, Canadian shipments were 170,190, a 26.6% decrease from 231,784 in the same period in 2008.
Mexican weekly chemical rail traffic rose 30.5% 1,163, up from 891 in the same week a year earlier.
For the year-to-date period, Mexican shipments were 15,588, up 13.9% from 13,680 in the same period last year.
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For the year-to-date period, North American chemical railcar traffic was 570,018, down 20.2% from 713,934 in the same period last year.
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