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June 28, 2017
Canadian rail freight volume continued to climb in April
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 31.4 million tonnes of freight in April, up 11.3% from the same month last year.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 10.6% in April from the same month a year earlier, to 28.3 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal freight increased 8.5% to 304,000 carloads in April. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 25.3 million tonnes, up 11.3% from the same month last year with increases in tonnages of coal (+18.4%), iron ores and concentrates (+9.6%), potash (+26.5%), and wheat (+17.9%), and drops in tonnages of sulphur (-22.5%), other refined petroleum and coal products (-21.1%), newsprint (-23.3%) and wood chips (-21.2%) shipped by rail declined in April on a year-over-year basis.
Intermodal freight loadings rose 4.7% to 196,000 units from April 2016 to April 2017. The increase stemmed from a 4.5% increase in containers-on-flat-cars and a 15.1% gain in trailers-on-flat-cars. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic increased 4.8% to 2.9 million tonnes.
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 18.8% to 3.1 million tonnes as a result of a 21.7% increase in non-intermodal freight and a 11.4% decline in intermodal freight from the United States.
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