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.
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