19 August 2010 18:48 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates with Canadian, Mexican and overall North American shipment data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week ended on 14 August were 14,200, compared with 12,480 carloads 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 27.1% year-over-year increase in Canadian chemical carloads in the previous week ended 7 August.
The weekly chemical railcar loadings data are seen as an important real-time measure of chemical industry activity and demand. In
For the year-to-date period to 14 August, Canadian chemical railcar shipments were up 24.6% to 457,209, from 366,814 in the same period in 2009.
The association said that chemical railcar traffic in
For the year-to-date period, Mexican shipments were up 1.7%, to 36,354, from 35,759 in the same period last year.
The AAR reported earlier on Thursday that
Overall chemical railcar shipments for all of North America - US,
For the year-to-date period to 14 August, overall North American chemical railcar traffic was up 14.9% to 1,415,898, from 1,232,329 in the year-earlier period.
From the same week last year, total US weekly railcar traffic for the 19 carload commodity groups tracked by the AAR rose 7.1% to 295,948 from 276,239, and was up 7.2% to 9,041,726 year-to-date to 14 August.
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