North American forest products railroad freight down 8.5% in week ending Oct. 10

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North American forest products railroad freight down 8.5% in week ending Oct. 10

October 16, 2015 - 08:15
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OAKLAND, CA, Oct. 16, 2015 (RISI) -North American forest products railroad freight dropped 8.5% in the latest week ending Oct. 10, 2015, from a year ago to 17,324 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported. Volume through 40 weeks of 2015 at 751,251 carloads was flat with 2014.

In the week, US forest products freight was down 8.5%, Canada was down 8.1% and Mexico fell 63.3%. Year-to-date US volume was down 2.3%, Canada was up 3.7% and Mexico was 26.8% lower.

Total North American freight in the week was down 3.9% and year-to-date was 0.9% lower.

BNSFreported its pulp and paper freight in the week ending Oct. 10 was up 1.8% to 1,456 carloads and year-to-date was off 0.7% to 54,886 carloads. Lumber/wood freight in the week was up 7.4% to 1,662 carloads and year-to-date was 4.2% higher to 63,659 carloads.

Genesee & Wyomingreported its September 2015 pulp and paper rail volume was down 3.6% to 14,837 carloads and lumber/forest freight was up 1.5% to 11,777 carloads. For third quarter, G&W showed pulp and paper freight was off 0.2% from a year ago to 45,270 carloads and lumber/forest was down 1.7% to 34,770 carloads.