Weekly US grain rail shipments down 10% on year: trade group

18.01.2018

US rail transportation of grain products in the week that ended January 13 totaled 21,957 carloads, down 10% compared with the year-ago week, Association of American Railroads data showed Wednesday.

Rail transportation of chemical products rose 6.8% year on year to 31,879 cars, the data show. AAR designates fuel-grade ethanol as a chemical product.

Cumulatively, grain product shipments totaled 41,595 carloads in 2018, down 9.5% compared with 2017. Chemical product shipments totaled 160,117 cars, 2.9% higher than 2017's total, AAR said.

Total carloads last week saw a 4.1% year-on-year decrease to 241,351 cars, AAR said. Including total carloads and intermodal units -- which totaled 270,586 units -- total US railroad traffic was 511,937, an increase of 0.5% year on year, it said.

Total 2018 traffic was down 1.8% from 2017, according to AAR.


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