North American forest products rail freight up 0.9% in week ending Mar. 5

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North American forest products rail freight up 0.9% in week ending Mar. 5

March 10, 2016 - 09:32
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OAKLAND, CA, March 10, 2016 (RISI) -North American forest products railroad freight was up 0.9% in the week ending Mar. 5, 2016, to 18,496 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported. Volume through nine weeks at 166,761 was 1.1% below the same period in 2015.

US forest products freight was down 1.6% in the week and 6% year-to-date. Canada was 4.6% higher in the week and up 6.4% year-to-date. Mexico was down 73.8% and 58.4% respectively.

Genesee & Wyoming reported its February North American pulp and paper freight was up 1% from a year ago to 13,019 carloads, and lumber/forest products was 13.5% higher to 11,212 carloads. For two months of 2015, pulp and paper freight was down 1.4% and lumber/forest was up 5.9%.

BNSF Railway reported pulp and paper freight in the week was up 12.8% at 1,412 carloads and year-to-date was 5.5% higher to 13,003 carloads. Lumber/wood freight was up 18.3% in the week and 4.2% higher year-to-date.