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November 28, 2017
Canadian railways' freight volumes grew 6.9% in September
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 31.9 million tonnes of freight in September, up 6.9% from the same month last year.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 4.6% from the same month last year to 28.5 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal freight rose 2.8% to 304,000 carloads in September. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 25.4 million tonnes, up 4.0% from September 2016. Tonnages were up for canola (+54.7%), fuel oils and crude petroleum (+42.0%), iron ores and concentrates (+6.6%), coal (+10.2%) and potash (+15.3%). Conversely, tonnages declined for fresh, chilled or dried vegetables (-44.9%), wheat (-9.8%), other oil seeds and nuts and other agricultural products (-43.0%), lumber (-9.6%), and plastic and rubber (-20.7%).
Intermodal freight loadings rose 9.8% to 208,000 units. The gain was attributed to a 10.0% increase in containers-on-flat-cars and a 3.0% decrease in trailers-on-flat-cars. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic increased 9.5% to 3.1 million tonnes.
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 31.2% to 3.4 million tonnes, due to a 35.7% increase in non-intermodal freight and a 12.3% decline in intermodal freight from the United States.
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