OAKLAND, CA, Jan. 29, 2016 (RISI) -North American forest products rail freight was down 6.4% in the latest week ending Jan. 23, 2016, to 18,181 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported. Volume through three weeks of the year at 54,640 carloads was 2.2% lower than a year ago.
US forest products freight in the week was down 10% and year-to-date was down 6%. Canada freight in the week was off 0.9% and year-to-date was up 3.8%, and Mexico was down 70.9% and 63.9% respectively.
BNSF Railway reported its pulp and paper freight in the week ending Jan. 23 was up 7.9% to 1,608 carloads, and year-to-date was up 7.2% to 4,492 carloads. Lumber and wood freight was down 4.7% in the week to 1,551 carloads and through three week were 5.4% higher to 4,337 carloads.
AAR reported total North American carloads were down 17.5% in the week and 14.9% lower year-to-date.