30 August 2012 18:51 [Source: ICIS news](updates with Canadian and Mexican chemical railcar traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week totalled 10,370 compared with 11,091 in the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The previous week, ended 18 August, saw a year-on-year decline of 4.3% 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 2.0% year on year for the week ended 25 August, marking its 22nd decline so far this year.
There were 29,343 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 29,929 in the corresponding week of 2011. In the previous week, ended 18 August, US weekly chemical railcar loadings rose by 0.7% year on year.
From 1 January to 25 August, US chemical railcar loadings were down by 1.2% to 1,013,933 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 0.8% year on year to 297,042 carloads.
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