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North American forest products rail freight down 8.2% through Aug. 8 from year ago – AAR

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North American forest products rail freight down 8.2% through Aug. 8 from year ago – AAR

August 15, 2020 - 13:15
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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 15, 2020 (Fastmarkets RISI) -North American forest products freight was down 8.6% in the latest week ending Aug. 8 at 15,173 carloads, and year-to-date was 8.2% lower to 495,391 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported.

US forest products freight was down 9.2% in the week at 9,100 carload and through 32 weeks was 6.6% lower to 664,094 carloads.

Canada freight was down 7.5% in the latest week at 6,055 carloads and year-to-date was 10.5% below a year ago to 199,013 carloads.

Mexico’s small volumes were down 45.5% in the week and 4% year-to-date.

Total North American railroad carloads were down 14.5% through Aug. 8 at 9.73 million units, AAR showed, with coal down 26.6%, motor vehicles down 31.1% and chemicals 4.7% lower.

Farm products were the only commodity group to be positive through 32 weeks at 1.6% higher.