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.