US grain rail shipments down 1.1% on year: railroads group


US rail transportation of grain products for the week ended January 27 totaled 22,538 cars, down 1.1% compared with the year-ago week, Association of American Railroads data showed Wednesday.

Rail transportation of chemical products rose 0.4% year on year to 30,871 cars, the data showed. AAR designates fuel-grade ethanol as a chemical product.

Cumulatively, grain product shipments totaled 87,384 in 2018, down 6.3% compared with 2017. Chemical product shipments totaled 120,939 cars, up 0.1% from 2017, AAR said.

Total carloads last week saw a 1.1% year-on-year increase to 260,993 cars, AAR said. Including total carloads and intermodal units -- which totaled 282,522 units -- total US railroad traffic reached 543,515, up 4% year on year, it said.

Through four weeks, total 2018 traffic was down 0.6% from 2017, according to AAR.


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