03 October 2013 17:07 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical railcar traffic fell by 1.3% year on year to 30,693 loadings in the week ended 28 September, according to data released on Thursday by a rail industry group.
In the previous week, ended 21 September, US chemical car loadings fell by 0.3%. From 1 January to 28 September, US chemical railcar traffic was unchanged at 1,161,275 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 28 September in the freight commodity groups tracked by the AAR rose 0.5% year on year to 296,809 carloads.
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