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North American pulp and paper rail freight off in latest week; lumber surges

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North American pulp and paper rail freight off in latest week; lumber surges

September 09, 2011 - 11:56
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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9, 2011 (RISI) -North American pulp and paper railroad freight in the latest week ending Sept. 3 was down 3.6% from a year ago to 9,724 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported.

Rail shipments through 35 weeks of 2011 at 337,268 carloads was up 4.8% from the same period of 2010.

US pulp and paper freight in the week was up 0.4%, Canada dropped 10.3% and Mexico was off 16.3%.

North American lumber and wood products rail volume for the week at 5,607 carloads was 22.7% higher and year-to-date at 184,096 units was up 8% over 2010.

Primary forest products volumes were up 2.4% in the week and down 5.1% year-to-date.

AAR showed total North American rail traffic up 0.5% in the week and 2.1% higher year-to-date.