24 February 2011 18:32 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS)--Chemical shipments on US railroads rose 5.7% in the week ended 19 February compared with the same period in 2010, a rail industry group said on Thursday.
There were 30,673 chemical railcar loadings last week, up 1,649 carloads from the 29,024 loadings in the same week a year earlier, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The previous week ended 12 February saw a year-on-year rise of 6.4%.
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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