09 February 2012 18:52 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates with Canadian and Mexican chemical railcar traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week totalled 10,553, down from 11,087 in the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The previous week ended 28 January saw a year-on-year decline of 13.4%.
The weekly chemical railcar loadings data are seen as important real-time measures of chemical industry activity and demand.
In the year to date to 4 February, Canadian chemical railcar loadings were down by 14.3% year on year to 48,463.
The AAR said weekly chemical railcar traffic in
In the previous week ended 28 January, US weekly chemical railcar shipments fell by 1.6% year on year, marking their second decline so far this year.
Year to date to 4 February, US chemical railcar loadings were up 0.1% to 149,827, 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 6.2% year on year to 284,546 carloads.
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