Weekly US grain rail shipments down 3.3% on year: AAR


US rail transportation of grain products in the week ended December 16 totaled 23,571 cars, down 3.3% compared with the year-ago week, Association of American Railroads data showed Wednesday.

Rail transportation of chemical products rose 8.2% year on year to 32,224 cars, the data showed. AAR designates fuel-grade ethanol as a chemical product.

Cumulatively, grain product shipments totaled 1.11 million carloads thus far in 2017, down 2.5% compared with the same period in 2016. Chemical product shipments totaled 1.55 million cars, 1.3% ahead of the 2016 pace, AAR said.

Total carloads last week saw a 4.1% year-on-year increase to 265,169 cars, AAR said. Including total carloads and intermodal units -- which totaled 289,610 units -- total US railroad traffic reached 554,779, 5.9% higher year on year, it said.

With only two weeks left in the year, total year-to-date traffic is up 3.4% from the 2016 pace, according to AAR.


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