07 October 2010 17:28 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS)--Chemical shipments on US railroads rose 6.7% last week from the same period in 2009, a rail industry group said on Thursday, marking their 38th increase so far this year.
Chemical railcar loadings for the week ended 2 October were 29,873, up by 1,863 carloads from 28,010 in the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The increase compared with a 8.9% increase in the previous week ended 25 September.The weekly chemical railcar loadings data are an important real-time measure of chemical industry activity and demand. Railcar loadings represent about 20% of US chemical volumes by tonnage, with trucks, barges and pipelines carrying the rest.
The increase in last week's chemical shipments compared with a 7.7% year-over-year increase in overall weekly railcar shipments for the 19 high-volume freight commodity groups tracked by the ?xml:namespace>
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