07 June 2012 19:06 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates with Canadian and Mexican chemical railcar traffic data)
The nine-day strike at Canadian Pacific ended on 1 June when government back-to-work legislation went into effect.
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week totalled 9,741, compared with 10,896 in the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said. The fall marked the third decline in a row and the 17th decline in the shipments so far this year.The previous week, ended 26 May, saw a year-on-year decline of 17.3% in chemical shipments. That week was also affected by the strike.
From 1 January to 2 June, Canadian chemical railcar loadings were down by 8.3% year on year to 235,084.
The AAR said weekly chemical railcar traffic in
US chemical railcar traffic fell by 4.5% year on year for the week ended 2 June, marking its fourth decline in a row and the 14th decline so far this year.
There were 27,343 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 28,634 in the corresponding week of 2011. In the previous week, ended 26 May, US weekly chemical railcar loadings fell 1.7% year on year.
From 1 January to 2 June, US chemical railcar loadings were down by 1.1% to 662,607, compared with the corresponding period of last year.
Meanwhile, overall US weekly railcar loadings for the 19 high-volume freight commodity groups tracked by the AAR fell by 3.1% year on year to 265,207 carloads.
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