28 May 2009 16:44 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--US chemical railcar traffic fell 12.7% in the week ended on 23 May from the same week in 2008, marking the 38th straight decline, according to data released by an industry association on Thursday.
US chemical railcar loadings for the week were 27,553, down from 31,574 in the same week in 2008, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The decline compares with a 20.5% drop for the previous week ended on 16 May.
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For the year-to-date period through 23 May, US chemical railcar loadings fell 17.7% to 516,848, down from 628,131 in the same period last year.
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Canadian chemical rail traffic for the week ended on 23 May dropped 21.7% to 11,102, down from 14,170 in the same week last year.
For the year-to-date period, Canadian shipments were 223,443, a 26.8% decrease from 305,368 in the same period in 2008.
Mexican weekly chemical rail traffic rose 38.7% to 1,155, from 833 in the same week a year earlier.
For the year-to-date period, Mexican shipments were 20,951, up 16.5% from 17,987 in the same period last year.
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For the year-to-date period, North American chemical railcar traffic was 761,242, down 20.0% from 951,486 in the same period last year.
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