UpdateCanada chem rail traffic rises for 10th straight week

14 March 2013 19:54  [Source: ICIS news]

(updates with Canadian and Mexican data)

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chemical shipments on Canadian railroads rose by 19.6% year on year to 12,256 railcar loadings in the week that ended on 9 March, marking their 10th straight weekly increase so far this year, according to data released by a rail industry association on Thursday.

In the previous week, ending on 2 March, Canada's chemical railcar loadings rose by 17.9% up year on year. From 1 January to 9 March, they were up by 12.1% to 112,856, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said. 

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 companies relying exclusively on rail shipments.

The AAR said that weekly chemical railcar loadingin Mexico rose by 3.8% year on year to 1,299. From 1 January to 9 March, they were up by 18.7%, to 13,570.

US chemical railcar traffic fell by 3.3% year on year to 29,196 loadings in the week to 9 March, marking its fourth straight decline and its ninth so far this year.

In the previous week, US chemical railcar loadings fell by 2.9% year on year. From 1 January to 9 March, they were down by 1.8% to 296,752.

Meanwhile, overall US weekly railcar loadings in the freight commodity groups tracked by the AAR fell by 0.9% year on year to 276,698 in the week ending on 9 March. Overall Canadian loadings rose by 4.8% to 78,758, and overall Mexican loadings rose by 13.0% to 15,577.

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