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Transportation Path is Bumpy

U.S. Shippers Continue Fight for Rail Reform

11:26 PM MDT | March 22, 2009 | ESTHER D’AMICO

Chemical shippers say the transportation sector has delivered some ups and downs so far this year and that prospects for the rest of 2009 are not much different. Lower chemical volumes have helped ease congestion and capacity constraints as well as lower international freight costs. The U.S. government’s finalized interim standards for tank cars carrying poison-by-inhalation chemicals becomes effective this week and helps to end uncertainty that would have likely scuttled investments in safer cars, shippers say. However, many issues remain regarding...

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