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March 28, 2018
Canadian rail freight volume up 3.0 percent January
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 30.1 million tonnes of freight in January, up 3.0% from January 2017.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 0.7% from the same month last year to 26.7 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal freight fell by 0.6% to 288,000 carloads in January, while the amount of freight loaded into these cars rose 0.3% to 23.7 million tonnes. The commodities with the largest increase in tonnage were other cereal grains (97.2%), wheat (14.1%), coal (7.8%), iron ores and concentrates (4.0%), and fuel oils and crude petroleum (12.4%). Conversely, tonnages declined for colza seeds (-28.7%), other oil seeds and nuts and other agricultural products (-37.2%) and wood pulp (14.5%).
Intermodal freight loadings rose 3.3% from January 2017 to 197,000 units in January. The gain stemmed from a 3.4% increase in containers-on-flat-cars, as the number of units for trailers-on-flat-cars fell by 6.5%. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic increased 3.8% to 3.0 million tonnes.
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 25.5% to 3.4 million tonnes, as a result of increases in both non-intermodal (+26.1%) and intermodal (+18.0%) freight.
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