Weekly North American pulp and paper rail freight rises 1.5%, lumber up 16.1%

By James McLaren Fri, Dec 07, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7, 2012 (RISI) -North American pulp and paper railroad freight in the week ending Dec. 1 at 9,843 carloads was up 1.3% from a year earlier, according to the Assn of American Railroads. Traffic through 48 weeks of 2012 at 449,119 carloads was down 2% from the same period of 2011.

Weekly US pulp and paper freight rose 1.3%, Canada was up 1% and Mexico shot up 82.9% to 64 carloads. Year-to-date, US freight was up 0.4%, Canada dropped 6% and Mexico 7.1% lower.

North American lumber and wood products rail freight in the week at 6,228 carloads was 10.3% higher than a year ago, and through 48 weeks was 10.2% higher to 282,779 carloads, AAR showed.

Primary forest products freight was down 3.2% in the week and 2.3% higher year-to-date.

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