16 December 2010 22:04 [Source: ICIS news]
(adds updates throughout with Canadian, Mexican and overall North American shipment data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week ended on 11 December were 15,635, up from 12,858 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 29.1% year-on-year increase in Canadian chemical carloads in the previous week ended 4 December.
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 11 December, Canadian chemical railcar shipments were up 22.7% to 715,371, from 582,800 in the same period in 2009.
The association said that chemical railcar traffic in
For the year-to-date period, Mexican shipments were down 2.5% to 53,628, from 54,975 in the same period last year. Mexican railcar shipments were hindered by flooding in recent months.
The AAR reported on Thursday that
Overall chemical railcar shipments for all of North America - US,
For the year-to-date period to 11 December, overall North American chemical railcar traffic was up 13.1% to 2,182,838, from 1,929,490 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 10.2% to 286,391 from 259,998, and was up 7.1% to 14,052,248 year-to-date to 11 December.
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