13 May 2010 20:47 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Chemical shipments on Canadian railroads rose 32.6% last week from the same time in 2009, marking their 18th increase in a row this year, an industry association said on Thursday.
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week ended on 8 May were 14,400, up by 3,537 carloads from 10,863 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 44.2% year-over-year increase in Canadian chemical carloads in the previous week ended on 1 May.
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For the year-to-date period to 8 May, Canadian chemical railcar shipments were up 28.5% to 265,880 from 206,921 in the same period in 2009.
Meanwhile, Mexican chemical railcar traffic rose 54.5% last week to 1,632 from 1,056 in the same week a year earlier.
For the year-to-date period, Mexican shipments were up 11.1% to 21,161 from 19,046 in the same period last year.
The AAR reported earlier on Thursday that
Year-to-date to 8 May,
Total chemical railcar shipments for all of North America – US,
For the year-to-date period to 8 May, overall North American chemical railcar traffic was up 18.1% to 809,063 from 685,195 in the year-earlier period.
From the same week last year, total US weekly railcar traffic for the 19 carload commodity categories rose 14.7% to 288,905 from 251,842 and was up 5.8% to 5,058,563 year to date to 8 May.
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