24 September 2009 18:50 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--US chemical railcar traffic rose year-on-year last week for only the second time this year but a railroad association cautioned that last year's numbers were hard hit by disruptions from a hurricane.
US chemical railcar traffic rose 17.4% in the week ended on 19 September from the same week in 2008, according to data released on Thursday by an industry association.
US chemical railcar loadings for the week were 27,608, up by 4,082 railcars from 23,526 in the same week in 2008, the AAR said.
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In the previous week ended on 12 September,
For the year-to-date period through 19 September, US chemical railcar loadings were down 14.5% to 968,250, from 1,132,772 in the same period last year.
The AAR also provided comparable chemical railcar shipment data for
Canadian chemical rail traffic for the week ended on 19 September fell 11.1% to 11,898, from 13,391 in the same week last year.
For the year-to-date period, Canadian shipments were 429,243, down 22.5% from 553,907 in the same period in 2008.
Mexican weekly chemical rail traffic rose 31.7% to 1,106 shipments, from 840 in the same week a year earlier.
For the year-to-date period, Mexican shipments were 41,045, up 21.8% from 33,712 in the same period last year.
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For the year to date, North American chemical railcar traffic was down 16.4% to 1,438,538 from 1,720,391 in the year-earlier period.
From the same week last year,
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