US weekly chemical railcar traffic rises 0.6% year on year

15 August 2013 18:38  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical railcar traffic rose by 0.6% year on year to 29,692 loadings in the week ended 10 August, according to data released on Thursday by a rail industry group.

In the previous week, ended 3 August, US chemical car loadings rose by 0.7%. From 1 January to 10 August, US chemical railcar traffic was down 0.2% to 952,801 loadings, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said.

The weekly logistics data is an important real-time measurement 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.

Meanwhile, overall US weekly railcar loadings for the week ended 10 August, in the freight commodity groups tracked by the AAR, fell by 0.2% year on year to 288,803 carloads.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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