24 February 2011 18:44 [Source: ICIS news]
(adds Canadian and Mexican chemical rail traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings were 11,908 last week, up from 10,233 in the same week a year earlier, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The increase for the week came after a 7.8% year-on-year increase in Canadian chemical carloads in the previous week ended 12 February.
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 19 February, Canadian chemical railcar shipments were up 12.0% to 79,824 from 71,282 in the year-earlier period.
The association said that chemical railcar traffic in
Year to date to 19 February, Mexican chemical railcar shipments were down 12.6% to 7,007 from 8,017 in the year earlier period.
Chemical shipments on US railroads rose 5.7% in the week ended 19 February compared with the same period in 2010.
There were 30,673 chemical railcar loadings last week, up from the 29,024 loadings in the same week a year earlier.
The previous ended 12 February saw a year-on-year rise of 6.4%.
Overall US weekly railcar shipments for the 19 high-volume freight commodity groups tracked by the
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