Pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic in North America down 1.4% year-over-year to 9,124 carloads in week ended May 5, as U.S. increases 1.3% but Canada falls 5.8%: AAR

LOS ANGELES , May 11, 2012 () – Pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic on major North American railroads fell 1.4% to 9,124 carloads in the week ended May 5, according to the latest figures for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, from the Association of American Railroads.

During that week, the U.S. pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic rose 1.3% year-over-year to 5,884 carloads, but Canadian rail traffic fell 5.8% from a year ago to 3,207 carloads.

Year-to-date pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic in North America declined by 2.2% year-over-year to 170,811 carloads that originated in the first 18 weeks of this year.

Of that 18-week total, pulp, paper and allied products rail traffic in the U.S. showed a 1.4% increase with 108,696 carloads compared with the year before, while Canadian rail traffic showed a year-over-year decrease of 7.8% to 61,439 carloads.

For the week ended May 5, North American rail traffic slipped 0.7% year-over-year to 371,181 carloads for all categories, including lumber, chemicals, farm products, grain and other products.

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