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North American forest products rail freight 0.9% higher in week ending Aug. 9

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North American forest products rail freight 0.9% higher in week ending Aug. 9

August 20, 2014 - 19:30
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OAKLAND, CA, Aug. 15, 2014 (RISI) -North American forest products railroad freight was up 0.9% in the week ending Aug. 9 from a year ago to 18,862 carloads, the Association of American Railroads reported. Volume through 32 weeks of 2014 at 595,162 carloads is down 0.6% from 2013.

US forest products rail freight in the week was 5.4% higher and year-to-date is up 2.7%. Canadian volume was down 4.9% and 5.3%, and Mexico was down 65.5% and up 2.3%, respectively.

AAR showed total North American carloads in the week were 4.7% higher and year-to-date were up 3.2%.

Regional carrier Genesee & Wyoming reported its July pulp and paper rail volume was off 0.7% from a year ago to 14,977 carloads and lumber and forest products were 6.5% higher to 11,636 carloads.