US grain rail shipments rise 8.5% year on year: EPA


US rail transportation of grain products for the week ended December 3 totaled 25,002 cars, up 8.5% from the corresponding week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Wednesday.

Rail transportation of chemical products rose 5.2% year on year to 33,341 cars. AAR designates fuel-grade ethanol as a chemical product. Chemical product shipments have totaled 1.447 million cars so far this year, up 1.3% from the 2015 pace, the group said in its weekly report.

Grain product shipments have totaled 1.091 million carloads so far this year, up 7.0% from the same period in 2015. Total carloads have seen a 0.9% year-on-year increase in total carloads to 274,329 cars for the week, AAR said.?Including total carloads and intermodal units -- which totaled 278,801 units, a 3.2% increase from 2015 -- total US railroad traffic reached 553,130 cars, 2.0% higher year on year.

Through the first 48 weeks of 2016, total year-to-date traffic is down 5.8% from the 2015 pace.


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