US pulp and paper freight in the week ending Oct. 16 was 5% higher and Canada showed a 12.9% increase. Mexican freight was up 15.2%.
North American lumber and wood products freight for the week at 4,195 carloads was 9.2% above last year and through 41 weeks at 193,997 carloads was 8.6% higher.
Primary forest products shipments were down 5.2% in the week and up 5.6% year-to-date.
Total North American rail freight was 10.8% higher in the week and up 9.8% year-to-date, as overall rail traffic continued to improve, AAR said. Fourteen of the 19 carload commodity groups increased from the comparable week in 2009. Carload volume on US Eastern railroads was up 5.8% compared with last year. In the West, carload volume was up 13.1% from the same week in 2009.