24 November 2010 17:09 [Source: ICIS news]
(adds updates throughout with Canadian, Mexican and overall North American shipment data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week ended on 20 November were 15,504, up from 13,334 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 19.2% year-over-year increase in Canadian chemical carloads in the previous week ended 13 November.
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 20 November, Canadian chemical railcar shipments were up 23.1% to 668,892, from 543,390 in the same period in 2009.
The association said that chemical railcar traffic in
For the year-to-date period, Mexican shipments were down 1.8%, to 50,739, from 51,684 in the same period last year. Mexican railcar shipments were hindered by flooding in past weeks.
The AAR reported earlier on Wednesday that
Overall chemical railcar shipments for all of North America - US,
For the year-to-date period to 20 November, overall North American chemical railcar traffic was up 13.3% to 2,047,877, from 1,807,297in 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 3.9% to 297,990 from 286,902, and was up 7.2% to 13,207,976 year-to-date to 20 November.
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