13 September 2012 19:46 [Source: ICIS news](updates with Canadian and Mexican chemical railcar traffic data)
Canadian chemical railcar loadings for the week totalled 10,556 compared with 10,833 in the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.
The previous week, ended 1 September, saw a year-on-year decline of 5.2% 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 rose by 1.1% year on year for the week ended 8 September.
There were 27,480 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared with 27,177 in the corresponding week of 2011. In the previous week, ended 1 September, US weekly chemical railcar loadings fell by 1.7% year on year - the second decline in a row and the 23rd decline so far this year.
From 1 January to 8 September, US chemical railcar loadings were down by 1.2% to 1,071,048 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 2.3% year on year to 272,301 carloads.
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