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October 26, 2017
Canadian railways' freight volumes grew 3.2% in August
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 30.8 million tonnes of freight in August, up 3.2% from the same month last year.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 1.5% from the same month last year to 27.5 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal freight held steady at 293,000 carloads in August. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 24.3 million tonnes, up 0.6% from the same month last year. Tonnages of wheat (+27.3%), fuel oils and crude petroleum (+28.1%), potash (+14.1%), coal (+3.7%), and iron and steel, primary or semi-finished (+25.1%) were up in August compared with August 2016. Tonnage drops were noted for iron ores and concentrates (-6.9%), fresh, chilled or dried vegetables (-39.4%), other cereal grains (-40.2%), canola (-32.1%), and lumber (-10.2%) .
Intermodal freight loadings rose 7.0% to 214,000 units from August 2016 to August 2017. The increase stemmed from a 7.2% increase in containers-on-flat-cars and a 0.2% decrease in trailers-on-flat-cars. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic increased 8.9% to 3.2 million tonnes.
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 20.8% to 3.3 million tonnes as a result of a 25.0% increase in non-intermodal freight and a 16.7% decline in intermodal freight from the United States.
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