31 March 2011 17:46 [Source: ICIS news]
(adds Canadian and Mexican chemical rail traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings were 12,129, up from 10,482 in the same week a year earlier, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The previous week ended 19 March saw a year-on-year increase of 11.4%.
The weekly chemical railcar loadings data are seen as an important real-time measure of chemical industry activity and demand.
Year to date to 26 March, Canadian chemical railcar shipments were up 10.2% to 139,646 from 126,771 in the year-earlier period.
The association said chemical railcar traffic in
Year to date to 26 March, Mexican chemical railcar shipments were down 0.6% to 13,511 from 13,591.
Chemical shipments on US railroads rose 12.1% in the week ended 26 March compared with the same period in 2010.
There were 31,868 chemical railcar loadings last week, up from 28,419 loadings in the same week a year earlier.
The previous week ended 19 March saw a year-on-year increase of 6.5%.
Overall, US weekly railcar shipments for the 19 high-volume freight commodity groups tracked by the
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