US grain rail shipments last week up 10.9% year on year: AAR


US rail transportation of grain products in the week ended March 11 totaled 24,248 cars, up 10.9% from the corresponding week a year ago, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Rail transportation of chemical products fell 2.2% year on year to 30,823 cars, the group said in its weekly report. AAR designates fuel-grade ethanol as a chemical product.

Cumulatively, grain product shipments totaled 231,726 carloads thus far in 2017, up 4.8% from the same period in 2016. Chemical product shipments totaled 310,711 cars, down 1.4% from the 2016 pace, AAR said.

Total carloads last week saw a 4.3% year-on-year increase to 253,664 cars, AAR said. Including total carloads and intermodal units -- which totaled 256,974 units, a 4.5% increase from 2016 -- total US railroad traffic reached 510,638 cars, 4.4% higher year on year.

So far this year, total year-to-date traffic has risen 2.5% from the 2016 pace.


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