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Chemicals Sector Rail Traffic Remains Flat

10:08 AM MST | March 4, 2011 | Vincent Valk

North American chemicals sector rail traffic rose just 0.1% year-on-year last week, to 44,215 cars, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington). The relatively flat traffic levels came after a long period of year-on-year increases. U.S. traffic fell 0.3%, to 31,129 cars. Canadian traffic rose 1.9%, to 11,928 cars, while Mexican traffic fell 7.9%, to 1,158 cars. Traffic rose from the prior week's totals, however. Overall, North American freight rail traffic rose 2.1% year-on-year last week, to 382,342 cars. Year-to-date, the North American...

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