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September 27, 2017
Canadian railways' freight volumes up almost 7% in July
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 30.0 million tonnes of freight in July, up 6.9% from the same month last year.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 3.8% from the same month last year to 26.5 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal Canadian freight increased 3.5% to 282,000 carloads in July. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 23.5 million tonnes, up 3.3% from the same month last year. Tonnages of fuel oils and crude petroleum, wheat), iron ores, coal and potash were up in July but tonnages of canola seeds other oil seeds and nuts and other agricultural products , lumber, sulphur and wood chips declined.
Canadian intermodal freight loadings rose 8.2% to 206,000 units from July 2016 to July 2017. The gain stemmed from an 8.4% increase in containers-on-flat-cars and a 2.4% decline in trailers-on-flat-cars. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic increased 8.1% to 3.0 million tonnes.
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 39.1% to 3.4 million tonnes, as a result of a 45.0% increase in non-intermodal freight and a 16.2% decline in intermodal freight from the United States.
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