27 January 2011 22:03 [Source: ICIS news]
(adds Canadian and Mexican chemical rail traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week ended on 22 January were 10,807, up by only 45 carloads from 10,762, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The increase for the week came after a 17.9% year-on-year increase in Canadian chemical carloads in the previous week ended 15 January.
The weekly chemical railcar loadings data are seen as an important real-time measure of chemical industry activity and demand. In
Year to date to 22 January, Canadian chemicals railcar shipments were up 12.2% to 33,513, from 29,863 in the year-earlier period.
The association said that chemical railcar traffic in
Year to date to 22 January, Mexican chemical railcar shipments were down 12.2%, to 3,009 from 3,428 in the year earlier period.
Chemical shipments on US railroads rose 3.1% last week compared with the same period a year earlier.
There were 29,664 chemical railcar loadings in the week ended 22 January, up by 879 carloads from 28,785 in the same week a year earlier.
The previous week ended 15 January saw a year-on-year rise of 9.9%.
Year to date to 22 January,
The increase in weekly US chemical carloads compares with a 1.5% year-on-year increase, to 282,837 from 278,527 in overall
For all of North America, total weekly railcar traffic fell 0.8% from the year-earlier week, to 363,551 from 366,358, as the 1.5% rise in US shipments was more than offset by a 10.1% decline in Canadian shipments.
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