05 January 2012 22:00 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates with Canadian and Mexican chemical railcar traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week totalled 10,397, up from 10,377 in the same week a year earlier, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The previous week, ended 24 December, saw a year-on-year decline of 0.9% - the fourth consecutive tumble and the ninth decline in 2011.
The weekly chemical railcar loadings data are seen as important real-time measures of chemical industry activity and demand.
For the full year of 2011, Canadian chemical railcar shipments were up by 7.9% to 575,465.
The AAR said weekly chemical railcar traffic in
Year to date to 31 December, Mexican chemical railcar shipments were up by 8.8% to 61,214.
There were 28,681 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 29,375 in the same week in 2010.
In the previous week, ended 24 December, US weekly chemical railcar shipments rose 14.0% year on year, rebounding after four consecutive declines.
For the full 12 months of 2011 ended 31 December, US chemical railcar loadings were up by 3.4% year on year to 1,548,075 carloads.
For the full year, overall US railcar traffic was up by 2.2% to 15,155,992 carloads.For all of
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