US chemical railcar traffic falls for fifth straight week

02 August 2012 18:51  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical railcar traffic fell by 0.7% year on year for the week ended 28 July, marking its fifth decline in a row and the 20th decline so far this year, according to data released on Thursday by a rail industry group.

There were 30,265 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 30,483 in the corresponding week of 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.

In the previous week, ended 21 July, US weekly chemical railcar loadings fell by 2.0% year on year.

The weekly logistics data are an important real-time measure of chemical industry activity and demand. Railcar loadings represent about 20% of US chemical transportation by tonnage, with trucks, barges and pipelines carrying the rest.

From 1 January to 28 July, US chemical railcar loadings were down by 1.5% to 894,890 compared with the corresponding period of last year.

Meanwhile, overall US weekly railcar loadings for the freight commodity groups tracked by the AAR fell by 1.5% year on year to 288,167 carloads.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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