Combined North American rail volume for the first 31 weeks of 2010 on 13 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 11.409 million carloads, up 10.1% from last year.
North American pulp and paper rail freight for the week ending Aug. 7 at 9,533 carloads was 5.8% above a year earlier and through 31 weeks at 282,077 carloads was 1.5% lower than 2009, AAR showed.
Weekly US pulp and paper freight was up 3.7%, Canadian volume was 6.9% higher, and Mexican traffic surged 345%, likely reflecting an earlier disruption and backlogs around Laredo after major hurricane damage.
North American lumber and wood products carloads for the week ending Aug. 7 at 4,193 carloads was up 4.3% from last year and through 31 weeks at 148,757 carloads was 9.8% higher.
Primary forest products freight was 4.5% and 9.6% higher, respectively.
In reporting rail traffic for July, Genesee & Wyoming reported pulp and paper traffic of 7,862 carloads was 0.6% lower than July 2009 and lumber and forest products at 5,702 carloads was 4.9% higher.
RailAmerica reported pulp and paper traffic in July at 5,250 was up 3.6% from last year while forest products volumes was 1.1% higher to 4,107 carloads.