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August 30, 2017
Canadian railway freight volumes kept growing in June
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 30.9 million tonnes of freight in June, up 11.7% from the same month last year.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 9.5% from the same month last year to 27.6 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal freight increased 7.5% to 296,000 carloads in June. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 24.5 million tonnes, up 9.1% from the same month last year. Tonnages of wheat (+32.2%), fuel oils and crude petroleum (+79.0%), potash (+27.6%), coal (+11.9%), and iron ores and concentrates (+5.3%) were up, while tonnages of nickel ores and concentrates (-71.3%), lumber (-8.1%), sulphuric acid (-34.3%), and fertilizers, excluding potash, (-12.7%) declined.
Canadian intermodal freight loadings rose 13.2% to 209,000 units from June 2016 to June 2017. The increase stemmed from a 13.2% increase in containers-on-flat-cars and a 9.4% gain in trailers-on-flat-cars.
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 34.6% to 3.2 million tonnes, a result of a 39.4% increase in non-intermodal freight and a 7.7% decline in intermodal freight from the United States.
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