MOSCOW (MRC) -- North American chemical railcar traffic rose by 5.4% year on year to 42,766 railcar loadings for the week ended 10 September, marking a fifth consecutive increase, according to the latest freight rail data by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Chemical railcar loadings rose in all three countries, the US, Canada and Mexico. The four-week average for North American chemical rail traffic was at 46,490 railcar loadings.
For the first 36 weeks of 2022 ended 10 September, North American chemical railcar traffic was up 2.3% year on year to 1,673,629 railcar loadings.
In the US, chemical railcar loadings represent about 20% of chemical transportation by tonnage, with trucks, barges and pipelines carrying the rest. In Canada, producers rely on rail to ship more than 70% of their products, with some exclusively using rail.
Shipments of chemicals, coal, motor vehicles and parts, and nonmetallic minerals rose for the first 36 weeks, while shipments in all other freight railcar categories fell.
As per MRC, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 3, 2022, as well as volumes for August 2022. U.S. railroads originated 1,189,892 carloads in August 2022, up 2.3 percent, or 27,040 carloads, from August 2021. U.S. railroads also originated 1,335,618 containers and trailers in August 2022, down 1.2 percent, or 15,856 units, from the same month last year. Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in August 2022 were 2,525,510, up 0.4 percent, or 11,184 carloads and intermodal units from August 2021.