Transportation: Forest products rail freight up slightly in 2018; four carriers show p&p up 4%

OAKLAND, CA, Jan. 11, 2019 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -North American total forest products railroad freight was 0.5% higher in 2018 from a year ago to 916,777 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads (AAR) reported. Volume in 2017 was 1.7% lower from 2016 at 912,295 carloads, including pulp and paper, lumber and wood products, and primary forest products, such as woodchips and logs.

Some Class I carriers showed mixed results for the year with two reporting 9-10% increases in pulp and paper volumes. Among four carriers reporting separate forest products categories, pulp and paper freight was 4.4% higher to 484,695 ...

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