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February 28, 2018
Canadian rail freight volume continued to climb in December
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 30.6 million tonnes of freight in December, up 5.5% from December 2016.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 3.8% from December 2016 to 27.5 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal freight rose 3.8% to 298,000 carloads and the amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 24.6 million tonnes, up 3.2% from December 2016. The largest increases in tonnage were iron ores and concentrates (+263 000 tonnes or +5.8%), coal (+237 000 tonnes or +8.9%), fuel oils and crude petroleum (+220 000 tonnes or +23.0%), gaseous hydrocarbons, including LPGs (+139 000 tonnes or +20.7%), and other oil seeds and nuts and other agricultural products (+102 000 tonnes or +22.2%). Tonnages declined for fresh, chilled or dried vegetables (-197 000 tonnes or -52.8%), wood pulp (-85 000 tonnes or -12.8%), and nickel ores and concentrates (-75 000 tonnes or -91.9%) over the same period.
Intermodal freight loadings rose 9.2% to 195,000 units from December 2016 to December 2017. The gain stemmed from a 9.3% increase in containers-on-flat-cars, as the number of units for trailers-on-flat-cars fell by 1.0%. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic increased 9.2% to 3.0 million tonnes.
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 22.5% to 3.1 million tonnes as a result of increases in both non-intermodal (+24.0%) and intermodal (+4.9%) freight.
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