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N. America chemical rail down 9.2% YOY

During the week ended 21 December, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 9.2% year over year (YOY). Volume totaled 45,559 carloads, up 4.9% from the previous week, according to data released on 27 December by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is down 1.5% versus 2018.

Chemical railcar traffic in the US contributed 32,380 carloads to the total, down 7.8% YOY and up 4.76% from the previous week. For the year to date, US chemical railcar traffic is down 0.6%.

Chemical railcar traffic in Canada totaled 12,249 carloads, down 12.5% YOY and up 4.3% from the previous week. For the year to date, Canadian chemical railcar traffic is down 3.4%.

Chemical railcar traffic in Mexico totaled 930 carloads, a YOY decrease of 11.5% and a sequential increase of 18.5%. For the year to date, Mexican chemical railcar traffic is down 6.5%.

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