05 July 2012 21:09 [Source: ICIS news](updates with Canadian and Mexican chemical railcar traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week totalled 10,922, compared with 10,262 in the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The previous week, ended 23 June, saw a year-on-year increase of 5.3% in chemical railcar shipments.
The weekly chemical railcar loadings data are seen as important real-time measures of chemical industry activity and demand. Canadian chemical producers rely on rail to ship more than 70% of their products, with many firms relying exclusively on rail shipments.
The AAR said weekly chemical railcar traffic in
US chemical railcar traffic fell by 6.5% year on year for the week ended 30 June, marking its 16th decline so far this year.
There were 29,197 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 31,213 in the corresponding week of 2011. In the previous week, ended 23 June, US weekly chemical railcar loadings rose by 0.7% year on year.
From 1 January to 30 June, US chemical railcar loadings were down by 1.2% to 779,862, 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 2.5% year on year to 278,634 carloads.
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