US grain rail shipments in September up 18.8% on year: rail group


US rail transportation of grain products for the week ended September 22 totaled 23,297 cars, up 18.8% from the year-ago week, Association of American Railroads data showed Wednesday.

Rail transportation of chemical products rose 3.6% year on year to 31,741 cars, the data showed. AAR designates fuel-grade ethanol as a chemical product.

Cumulatively, grain product shipments have totaled 875,528 in 2018, up 4.7% compared with 2017 levels. Chemical product shipments totaled 1.227 million cars, 4.5% higher than 2017 levels, AAR said.

Total carloads last week saw a 4.2% year-on-year increase to 272,615 cars, according to AAR. Including total carloads and intermodal units – which totaled 294,463 units – total US railroad traffic reached 567,078, 4.9% higher year on year, AAR said.