23 August 2012 19:03 [Source: ICIS news](updates with Canadian and Mexican chemical railcar traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week totalled 9,811, compared with 10,249 in the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The previous week, ended 11 August, saw a year-on-year decline of 11.1% 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.
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