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January 31, 2018
Canadian railways' freight volumes were up 1.9% in November
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 31.6 million tonnes of freight in November, up 1.9% from the same month last year.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada was virtually unchanged from the same month in 2016 at 28.3 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal freight fell by 0.1% to 308,000 carloads in November. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 25.1 million tonnes, down 1.2% from November 2016. The largest increase in tonnage in November were iron ores and concentrates (17.4%); fuel oils and crude petroleum (12.4%); wheat (4.8%); gaseous hydrocarbons, including liquefied petroleum gas (11.8%); and animal feed and products (17.9%). Conversely, tonnages declined for fresh, chilled or dried vegetables (-74.2%), coal (-11.4%), and colza seeds (canola) (-15.4%).
Intermodal freight loadings rose 11.1% to 211,000 units from November 2016 to November 2017. The gain was attributable to increases in both containers-on-flat-cars (+11.1%) and trailers-on-flat-cars (+8.3%).
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 22.7% to 3.2 million tonnes, as a result of increases in both non-intermodal (+23.8%) and intermodal (+8.7%) freight from the United States.
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