US grain rail shipments down 5.8% on year: rail group


US rail transportation of grain products for the week ended February 17 totaled 21,495 cars, down 5.8% compared with the year-ago week, Association of American Railroads data showed Wednesday.

Rail transportation of chemical products rose 3.4% year on year to 33,104 cars, the data showed. AAR designates fuel-grade ethanol as a chemical product.

Cumulatively, grain product shipments have totaled 152,613 in 2018, down 6% compared with 2017. Chemical product shipments totaled 219,268 cars, 1.5% higher than 2017, AAR said.

Total carloads last week saw a 0.6% year-on-year decrease to 260,454 cars, AAR said. Including total carloads and intermodal units -- which totaled 279,509 units -- total US railroad traffic reached 539,963, 3.1% higher year on year, it said.

Through seven weeks, total 2018 traffic was up 0.7% from 2017, according to AAR.


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