05 September 2013 19:19 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical railcar traffic rose by 8.0% year on year to 32,005 loadings in the week ended 31 August, according to data released on Thursday by a rail industry group.
In the previous week, ended 24 August, US chemical car loadings rose by 2.5%. From 1 January to 31 August, US chemical railcar traffic was up 0.1% to 1,044,452 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 31 August, in the freight commodity groups tracked by the AAR, rose 3.1% year on year to 302,026 carloads.
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