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North American weekly pulp and paper rail freight up 6.3%

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North American weekly pulp and paper rail freight up 6.3%

August 27, 2010 - 10:48
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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2010 (RISI) -North American pulp and paper rail freight in the latest week ending Aug. 21 was 6.3% higher than last year to 9,748 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported. Through 33 weeks of 2010, pulp and paper freight volume at 301,770 carloads was off 1% from the same period of 2009.

Total North American rail freight for the week was 7.4% higher and year-to-date was up 10%.

US pulp and paper carload weekly volume was 6.9% higher and year-to-date was 1.4% lower, while Canadian traffic was up 5.3% and 0.1% respectively. Mexican paper freight was up 7.7% in the week and down 24.4% year-to-date.

North American lumber and wood products rail freight for the week at 4,728 carloads was 0.3% above last year and through 33 weeks at 158,058 carloads was 9.3% higher.

Primary forest products volume was down 11% in the week and 8.6% higher year-to-date, AAR showed.