06 September 2012 19:11 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical railcar traffic fell by 1.7% year on year for the week ended 1 September, marking its second decline in a row and the 23rd decline so far this year, according to data released on Thursday by a rail industry group.
There were 29,635 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 30,138 in the corresponding week of 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
In the previous week, ended 25 August, 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 1 September, US chemical railcar loadings were down by 1.3% to 1,043,568 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 3.4% year on year to 292,732 carloads.
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