North American forest products rail carloads down 1.7% in week, down 3.3% through five weeks of 2016

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North American forest products rail carloads down 1.7% in week, down 3.3% through five weeks of 2016

February 10, 2016 - 14:23
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OAKLAND, CA, Feb. 10, 2016 (RISI) -North American forest products railroad freight was down 1.7% in the latest week ending Feb. 6, 2016, at 18,808 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported. Volume through five weeks at 92,194 carloads was 3.3% lower than in 2015.

US forest products freight in the week fell 8.1%, Canada rose 8.1% and Mexico was down 55.9%. Year-to-date US freight was down 7.9%, Canada was up 3.8%, and Mexico was down 57.8%.

Genesee & Wyomingreported its pulp and paper rail freight in January 2016 was down 3.4% to 14,707 carloads and lumber/forest products volume was off 1% to 10,840 carloads from a year earlier.

BNSF Railwayreported its pulp and paper freight in the week ending Feb. 6 was down 14.2% to 1,357 carloads, and through five weeks was up 3.2% to 7,271 carloads. Lumber/wood freight in the week was up 1.6% and year-to-date was 0.3% above 2015.