MOSCOW (MRC) -- North American chemical railcar traffic fell by 2.2% year on year to 44,376 railcar loadings for the week ended 1 October – marking a second consecutive decline, as per Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The decline was led by the US, where loadings fell by 6.2% as Hurricane Ian forced curtailments of some rail services. Loadings in Canada and Mexico rose.
The four-week average for North American chemical rail traffic was at 46,328 railcar loadings. For the first 39 weeks of 2022 ended 1 October, North American chemical railcar traffic was up 2.2% year on year to 1,806,792 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 39 weeks, while shipments in all other freight railcar categories fell.
We remind, Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 24, 2022. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 489,111 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending September 24 were 231,258 carloads, down 3.2 percent compared with the same week in 2021, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 257,853 containers and trailers, down 5.4 percent compared to 2021.