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March 1, 2012
Canadian railway freight volumes increased in December
According to Statistics Canada the country's railways carried 25.8 million tonnes of freight in December, up 11.5% from December 2010, with increases in both domestic and international cargo loadings.
Intermodal freight loadings of containers and trailers loaded onto flat cars grew 3.3% to 2.2 million tonnes. The increase was the sole result of containerized cargo shipments as trailers loaded onto flat cars declined in December.
Non-intermodal cargo loadings, which are typically carried in bulk or loaded in box cars, advanced 12.2% to 20.9 million tonnes. The gain was the result of increased traffic in more than half of the commodity classifications carried by the railways. The commodity groups with the largest increases in tonnage were coal, wheat and colza seeds.
From an international perspective, freight traffic received from the United States experienced a 13.5% gain to 2.7 million tonnes. The increase was driven by both non-intermodal and intermodal traffic.
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