US grain shipments by rail rise 21.8% on week: AAR


US rail transportation of grain products in the week that ended March 25 totaled 23,312 cars, up 21.8% from the corresponding week a year ago, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Rail transportation of chemical products in the most recent week rose 4.6% year on year to 32,047 cars. AAR designates fuel-grade ethanol as a chemical product.

Cumulatively, grain product shipments are up to 278,281 carloads thus far in 2017, an increase of 6.3% compared with the same period in 2016. Chemical product shipments in 2017 through March 25 are up to 374,065 cars, down 0.8% from the 2016 pace, AAR said.

Total carloads last week saw a 12.4% year-on-year increase to 260,897 cars, AAR said. Including total carloads and intermodal units -- which totaled 265,574 units, a 11.6% increase from 2016 -- total US railroad traffic reached 526,471 cars, 12% higher year on year.


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