US oil rail volumes up 26.6% from a year ago, up 47.9% in first 26 weeks: AAR

Houston (Platts)--3 Jul 2013 220 pm EDT/1820 GMT

US rail transport of petroleum and petroleum products in the week ended Saturday totaled 13,417 cars, up 26.6% from the corresponding week of 2012, the Association of American Railroads said Wednesday.

In the first 26 weeks of 2013, petroleum product shipments totaled 355,933 carloads, 47.9% above the same period of 2012, the group said.

US railroads saw a 0.2% year-on-year decrease in total carloads originated in the week ended Saturday, with intermodal volumes falling 1.5%, AAR said. Intermodal traffic involves movement by more than one mode of transport -- rail, ship and truck.

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Year to date, total US rail carloads originated are up 0.8%, with intermodal volume up 3.6%.

Rail traffic is seen as a useful gauge of the health of the US economy.

In the most recent week, total Canadian petroleum carloads were up 17.1% and total Mexican petroleum carloads rose 9.2% from the corresponding week of 2012.

In the first 26 weeks of the year, Canadian petroleum carloads were 23.9% higher and Mexico originated 13.4% more petroleum carloads, AAR said.

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