MOSCOW (MRC) -- North American chemical railcar traffic fell for a ninth straight week, with loadings for the week ended 15 July down 2.0% year on year to 44,025, said according to the freight rail data of Association of American Railroads.
The decline was led by a 10.8% drop in Canada where railways embargoed certain cargoes because of a port strike at Vancouver and other west coast ports.
For the first 28 weeks of 2023 ended 15 July, North American chemical rail traffic was down 2.9% year on year to 1,262,326, with the US down 4.2%, to 870,044 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, chemical producers rely on rail to ship more than 70% of their products, with some exclusively using rail.
We remind, North American chemical railcar traffic fell for a fourth straight week, with loadings for the week ended 10 June down 3.8% year on year to 44,469, led by a 14.6% decline in Canada. For the first 23 weeks of 2023 ended 10 June, North American chemical rail traffic was down 2.8% year on year to 1,043,139, with the US down 4.6%, to 717,412 loadings.