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December 21, 2017
Canadian railways' freight volumes grew 5.3% in October
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 33 million tonnes of freight in October, up 5.3% from the same month last year.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 3.9% from the same month last year to 29.7 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal freight rose 2.7% to 316,000 carloads in October. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 26.5 million tonnes, up 3.0% from October 2016. Tonnages were up for iron ores and concentrates (7.5%), coal (11.6%), potash (9.1%), other oil seeds and nuts and other agricultural products (14.4%) and fuel oils and crude petroleum (12.1%). Conversely, tonnages declined for fresh, chilled or dried vegetables (-70.4%), fertilizers (excluding potash) (-33.8%) and wheat (-4.7%) over the same period.
Intermodal freight loadings rose 12.3% to 214,000 units from October 2016 to October 2017. The gain was attributable to increases in both containers-on-flat-cars (+12.4%) and trailers-on-flat-cars (+5.6%).
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 19.2% to 3.3 million tonnes, as a result of increases in both non-intermodal (+20.7%) and intermodal (+2.7%) freight from the United States.
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