14 June 2012 17:48 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates with Canadian and Mexican chemical railcar traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week totalled 11,557, compared with 11,068 in the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.The previous week, ended 2 June, saw a year-on-year decline of 10.6% in chemical shipments, partly because of the freight rail strike at Canada's second largest rail carrier that ended on 1 June when government back-to-work legislation went into effect.
From 1 January to 9 June, Canadian chemical railcar loadings were down by 7.7% year on year to 246,641.
The AAR said weekly chemical railcar traffic in
US chemical railcar traffic fell by 1.2% year on year for the week ended 9 June, marking its fifth decline in a row and the 15th decline so far this year.
There were 29,308 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 29,653 in the corresponding week of 2011, the AAR said. In the previous week, ended 2 June, US weekly chemical railcar loadings fell 4.5% year on year.
From 1 January to 9 June, US chemical railcar loadings were down by 1.1% to 691,915, 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 1.7% year on year to 285,413 carloads.
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