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Weekly North American pulp and paper rail freight up 9%

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Weekly North American pulp and paper rail freight up 9%

April 08, 2011 - 10:07
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SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2011 (RISI) -North American pulp and paper rail freight for the latest week ending Apr. 2 was 8.9% higher than a year ago at 10,063 carloads, the Assn. of American Railroads reported. Year-to-date pulp and paper volume through 13 weeks of 2011 at 126,585 carloads was up 9.3%.

US pulp and paper volume in the week was up 13.3%, Canada 2.7% higher and Mexico down 35.9%.

North American lumber and wood products rail freight for the week at 5,752 carloads rose 17.2% above a year ago and through 13 weeks at 65,296 carloads was up 7.3%, AAR showed.

Primary forest products carloads were down 10.6% and 5.1% respectively.

Total North American rail volume for the first 13 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 4.896 million carloads, up 4.2% compared with the same point last year. The comparison week from 2010 includes the Good Friday holiday.