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%.