North American forest products rail volume up 3.2% in first week of 2016

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North American forest products rail volume up 3.2% in first week of 2016

January 15, 2016 - 13:44
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OAKLAND, CA, Jan. 15, 2016 (RISI) -North American forest products rail freight was up 3.2% to 18,497 carloads in the first week of 2016 ending Jan. 9, the Assn of American Railroads reported. US volume was up 0.4%, Canada was 8.1% higher and Mexico’s small volume was down 67.2% from 2015. Total North American rail carloads in the week were down 11.8%.

For full year 2015, North American forest products rail freight was off 0.5% to 962,333 carloads with the US down 3.4%, Canada up 4% and Mexico was 26.4% lower, AAR reported.

BNSF Railwayreported its pulp and paper traffic was up 5.8% in the week ending Jan. 9 at 1,547 carloads. Lumber/wood volume was up 17.2% to 1,277 carloads. Full year 2015 pulp and paper freight was up 1.4% and lumber/wood was up 4.4%.

Genesee & Wyomingreported its pulp and paper rail carloads in December were down 3.2% to 14,770 carloads and in fourth quarter were 2.8% lower 43,206 carloads. Lumber and forest products freight in December was up 6.3% to 11,583 carloads and in the quarter was 3.4% higher to 34,684 carloads. G&W showed total carloads in fourth quarter were down 14.8%.