26 January 2012 17:40 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical railcar traffic rose by 1.1% year on year for the week ended 21 January, marking the second increase in a row, according to data released by a rail industry group on Thursday.
There were 30,060 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 29,737 in the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
In the previous week ended 14 January, US weekly chemical railcar shipments rose by 1.8% year on year, rebounding from a sharp decline in the week ended 7 January.
The 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 transportation by tonnage, with trucks, barges and pipelines carrying the rest.
Year to date to 21 January, US chemical railcar loadings were still down 2.6%, to 87,642, compared with the same period in 2011.
Meanwhile, overall US weekly railcar traffic for the 19 high-volume freight commodity groups tracked by the AAR rose by 1.6% year on year to 287,734 carloads.
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