Canada chemical railcar traffic rises 9.7% year on year

27 December 2012 17:30  [Source: ICIS news]

(updates with Canadian and Mexican data)

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian chemical railcar traffic rose by 9.7% year on year for the week ended 22 December, after the previous week’s 2.2% decline, a railroad industry association said on Thursday.

Canada had 11,476 chemical shipments by rail last week, up from 10,462 during the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.

Cumulative chemical railcar traffic in Canada this year was 533,783 loads, a 5.4% decline from last year’s 51-week total of 564,539 loads.

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.

In Mexico, weekly chemical shipments by rail rose 10.5% to 1,301 loads this year from 1,177 loads last year. From 1 January to 22 December, Mexico had 65,512 chemical railcar loadings, an 8.8% increase from 60,204 loadings the same time last year.

US chemical railcar traffic rose by 5.6% year on year in the week ended 22 December, its fifth consecutive increase, the AAR said.

The US had 30,750 chemical railcar loadings last week, compared to 29,120 during the same week in 2011.

In the week ended 15 December, US weekly chemical railcar loadings rose by 1.9% year on year.

From 1 January to 22 December, the US had 1,509,623 chemical railcar loadings, down by 0.6% from last year’s 1,519,435.

Overall US weekly railcar loadings for the week ended 22 December in the freight commodity groups tracked by the AAR increased by 0.9% year on year, recording 290,223 loads in 2012 from 287,584 loads in 2011.

For all of North America in the week ended 22 December, total railcar traffic rose to 385,353 loads, a 1.6% increase from 379.187.

By: Tracy Dang
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