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Weekly North American pulp and paper rail freight rises 1.7%, lumber surges 27.1%

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Weekly North American pulp and paper rail freight rises 1.7%, lumber surges 27.1%

August 10, 2012 - 09:47
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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 10, 2012 (RISI) -Pulp and paper freight on North American railroads in the latest week ending Aug. 4 was up 1.7% from a year ago, the Assn of American Railroads reported. Through 31 weeks of 2012, volume of 292,724 carloads was 2.1% lower than the same period of 2011.

US pulp and paper rail freight in the week rose 5.6% from a year ago, Canadian freight dropped 4.8% and Mexico was unchanged.

North American lumber and wood products rail traffic in the week surged 27.1% from a year ago and year-to-date at 183,251 carloads was 10.9% higher, AAR showed. Media reports this week said railroad carriers were bringing freight cars out of storage to meet the higher lumber volumes, driven by a recovery in US housing markets.

Primary forest products freight in the week was up 7.1% and year-to-date was 3.5% higher.