22 August 2013 17:58 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical railcar traffic fell by 2.1% year on year to 29,594 loadings in the week ended 17 August, according to data released on Thursday by a rail industry group.
In the previous week, ended 10 August, US chemical car loadings rose by 0.6%. From 1 January to 17 August, US chemical railcar traffic was down 0.2% to 982,395 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 17 August, in the freight commodity groups tracked by the AAR, rose by 0.5% year on year to 295,901 carloads.
For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.
Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index|
Asian Chemical Connections