26 January 2012 20:10 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates with Canadian and Mexican chemical railcar traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week totalled 9,048, down from 10,823 in the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The previous week ended 14 January saw a year-on-year decline of 11.9%.
The weekly chemical railcar loadings data are seen as important real-time measures of chemical industry activity and demand.
Year to date to 21 January, Canadian chemical railcar loadings were down 17.7% year on year to 27,620.
The AAR said weekly chemical railcar traffic in
US chemical railcar traffic rose by 1.1% year on year for the week ended 21 January, marking the second increase in a row.
There were 30,060 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 29,737 in the same week in 2011. 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.
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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