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North America chemical rail passes recovery milestone

October 30/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chemical railcar traffic in North America has passed a milestone along the path to economic recovery, reported Chemweek.

During the week ended 24 October, volume increased 1.4% year-over-year (YOY) on a four-week basis, marking the first YOY gain since 4 April. The figure was down 1.5% from 2018, improving over the previous weeks shortfall of 2.5%, according to data released on 29 October by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America was down 4.1% from 2019 and 5.6% from 2018.

Volume for the week totaled 42,375 carloads, up 1.1% YOY and down 1.8% from the previous week.

Chemical railcar traffic in the United States contributed 30,947 carloads to the total, up 2.8% YOY and up 4.1% from the previous week. For the year to date, US chemical railcar traffic was down 4.8%.

Canadian chemical rail traffic totaled 10,496 carloads, down 3.6% YOY and down 15.5% from the previous week. For the year to date, Canadian chemical railcar traffic was down 1.9%.

Chemical railcar traffic in Mexico totaled 932 carloads, a YOY increase of 1.4% and a sequential decrease of 7.1%. For the year to date, Mexican chemical railcar traffic was down 5.5%.

As MRC informed earlier, Russia's output of chemical products rose in September 2020 by 6.7% year on year. At the same time, production of basic chemicals increased by 6.1% year on year in the first nine months of 2020, according to Rosstat's data. According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, polymers in primary form accounted for the greatest increase in the January-September output. Last month's production of primary polymers decreased to 852,000 tonnes from 888,000 tonnes in August due to shutdowns in Tomsk, Ufa and Kazan. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 7,480,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 16.4%  year on year.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,496,500 tonnes in the first eight months of 2020, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of all ethylene polymers increased, except for linear low desnity polyethylene (LLDPE). At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 767,2900 tonnes in the eight months of 2020 (calculated using the formula - production minus exports plus imports - and not counting producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:North America, PP, PE, LLDPE, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Canada, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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