US grain rail shipments fall 5.4% on year in latest week: ARA


US rail transportation of grain products in the week ended February 24 totaled 20,143 cars, down 5.4% compared with the year-ago week, Association of American Railroads data showed Wednesday. Rail transportation of chemical products rose 0.1% year on year to 31,605 cars, the data showed. AAR designates fuel-grade ethanol as a chemical product.

Cumulatively, grain product shipments have totaled 172,756 so far in 2018, down 5.9% compared with a year earlier. Chemical product shipments totaled 250,873 cars, 1.3% higher than in 2017, AAR said.

Total carloads last week saw a 1.3% year-on-year decrease to 251,970 cars, AAR said. Including total carloads and intermodal units -- which totaled 276,470 units -- total US railroad traffic reached 528,440, 2.8% higher year on year, it said.

Through the first eight weeks of the year, total traffic was up 1.0% from 2017, according to AAR.


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