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.