03 June 2010 20:50 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates with Canadian, Mexican and overall North American shipment data)
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Chemical shipments on Canadian railroads rose 14.1% last week from the same time in 2009, marking their 21st increase in a row this year, an industry association said on Thursday.
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week ended on 29 May were 13,153, up from 11,530 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 21.1% year-over-year increase in Canadian chemical carloads in the previous week ended on 22 May.
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For the year-to-date period to 29 May, Canadian chemical railcar shipments were up 27.3% to 306,856 from 241,049 in the same period in 2009.
Meanwhile, Mexican chemical railcar traffic fell 6.5% last week to 1,187 from 1,270 in the same week a year earlier.
For the year-to-date period, Mexican shipments were up 6.5% to 24,120 from 22,638 in the same period last year.
The AAR reported earlier on Thursday that
Year-to-date to 29 May,
Total chemical railcar shipments for all of North America – US,
For the year-to-date period to 29 May, overall North American chemical railcar traffic was up 17.2% to 939,776 from 801,732 in the year-earlier period.
From the same week last year, total US weekly railcar traffic for the 19 carload commodity categories rose 21.9% to 286,665 from 235,115 and was up 7.2% to 5,923,333 year to date to 29 May.
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