North American rail traffic moderates into August; weekly pulp and paper freight up

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North American rail traffic moderates into August; weekly pulp and paper freight up

August 12, 2010 - 12:34
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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12, 2010 (RISI) -The Assn of American Railroads reported only moderate gains in rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 7, 2010. US railroads originated 284,507 carloads for the week, up 3.5% compared with the same week in 2009, but down 13% from the same week in 2008.

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.