US weekly chemical railcar traffic rises 12.1% year on year

31 March 2011 16:32  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Chemical shipments on US railroads rose 12.1% in the week ended 26 March compared with the same period in 2010, a rail industry group said on Thursday.

There were 31,868 chemical railcar loadings last week, up by 3,449 carloads from 28,419 loadings in the same week a year earlier, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

The previous week ended 19 March saw a year-on-year increase of 6.5%.

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 AAR rose 1.9% to 299,902.

Year to date to 26 March, US chemical railcar loadings were up 6.3%, to 366,128 carloads.

Paul Hodges studies key influencers shaping the chemical industry in Chemicals and the Economy

By: Stefan Baumgarten
+1 713 525 2653

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.

Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.

Printer Friendly