US, Mexico pull down North American weekly chemical rail volume

February 15, 2017 | Clay Boswell

During the week ended 11 February, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 1.3% year-over-year (YOY) as declines in the United States and Mexico offset a gain in Canada. Chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 43,272 carloads, down 5.1% from the previous week, according to data released on 15 February by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) https://www.aar.org/. For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is flat YOY, versus a 5.1% increase in all railcar traffic, according to the AAR.

Chemical railcar traffic in the United States contributed 30,572 carloads to the total, down 3.0%  YOY, and down 6.5% from the previous week. For the year to date, US chemical railcar traffic is down 1.6%, versus a 4.5% increase in all railcar traffic.

Canadian chemical rail traffic totaled 11,725, up 4.3% YOY, and down 3.9% from the previous week. For the year to date, Canadian chemical railcar traffic is up 5.9%, versus a 10.8% increase in all railcar traffic.
Chemical railcar traffic in Mexico totaled 975 carloads, a YOY decrease  of 10.6% and a sequential increase of 46.6%. For the year to date, Mexican chemical railcar traffic is down 12.8%, versus a 11.5% decrease in all railcar traffic.