06 May 2010 18:38 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates throughout with Canadian, Mexican shipment data)
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Chemical shipments on Canadian railroads rose 44.2% last week from the same time in 2009, marking their 17th increase in a row this year, an industry association said on Thursday.
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week ended on 1 May were 15,216, up 4,665 carloads from 10,551 in the same week last year, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The increase for the week came after a 38.5% year-over-year increase in Canadian chemical carloads in the previous week ended on 24 April.
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For the year-to-date period to 1 May, Canadian chemical railcar shipments were up 28.3% to 251,480 from 196,058 in the same period in 2009.
Meanwhile, Mexican chemical railcar traffic was down 3.4% last week to 1,163 from 1,204 in the same week a year earlier.
For the year-to-date period, Mexican shipments were up 8.6% to 19,529 from 17,990 in the same period last year.
The AAR reported earlier on Thursday that
Year-to-date to 1 May,
Total chemical railcar shipments for all of North America – US,
For the year-to-date period to 1 May, overall North American chemical railcar traffic was up 17.9% to 763,556 from 647,547 in the year-earlier period.
From the same week last year, total US weekly railcar traffic for the 19 carload commodity categories rose 16.3% to 295,718 from 254,210 and was up 5.3% to 4,769,658 year to date to 1 May.
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