North American forest products railroad freight up 2.1% in 2013 from year ago

By James McLaren Tue, Jan 21, 2014

OAKLAND, CA, Jan. 21, 2014 (RISI) -North American forest products railroad freight in 2013 was up 2.1% from 2012, according to the Assn of American Railroads.

North American forest products carloads numbered 969,176 for the year. Total rail freight was 19.48 million carloads, up 0.2% in 2013 from a year ago. Intermodal units rose 4.4% to 16.14 million units, pushing total traffic up 2.1% to 35.62 million units, AAR reported.

US 2013 forest products rail freight at 567,828 carloads was 2.9% higher, Canada at 398,739 carloads was 1.1% higher and Mexico at 2,609 carloads was down 17.9% from 2012.

Through the first two weeks of 2014, North American forest products freight, including pulp and paper, lumber and wood products, and primary forest products, was down 4.8% from a year earlier at 33,321 carloads.

Six of 10 commodity groups tracked by AAR were higher in 2013, with coal down 3.6%, ores and metals off 2.1% and chemicals up 2.4%.

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