10 February 2011 17:45 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS)--Chemical shipments on US railroads rose 4.1% in the week ended 5 February compared with the same period in 2010, even as winter storms hampered rail traffic in parts of the country, a rail industry group said on Thursday.
There were 28,829 chemical railcar loadings last week, up 1,130 carloads from the 27,699 loadings in the same week a year earlier, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The previous week ended 29 January saw a year-on-year rise of 3.2%.
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.
Overall US weekly railcar shipments for the 19 high-volume freight commodity groups tracked by the ?xml:namespace>
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