Weekly North American pulp and paper rail freight down 2.5%, lumber rises 15.2%

By James McLaren Fri, Nov 02, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2, 2012 (RISI) -North American pulp and paper railroad freight in the latest week ending Oct. 27 was down 2.5% from a year earlier to 8,830 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported. Volume through 43 weeks of 2012 at 403,060 carloads was 2.1% lower than in 2011.

US pulp and paper freight in the week was down 2.1%, Canada was down 3.1% and Mexico was 20% lower.

North American lumber and wood products rail volume in the week was up 15.2% from a year ago to 6,342 carloads and year-to-date was 10.4% higher to 253,938 carloads, AAR showed.

Primary forest products freight was down 5.7% in the week and 2.7% higher year-to-date.

Total North American rail traffic in the week was down 4.8% and was 1.7% lower year-to-date.

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