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April 25, 2018
Canadian rail freight volume drops 0.2% in February
Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 27.2 million tonnes of freight in February, down 0.2% from February 2017.
The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada decreased 1.8% from the same month last year to 24.2 million tonnes.
Non-intermodal freight fell by 2.1% to 264,000 carloads in February, while the amount of freight loaded into these cars fell 2.3% from February 2017 to 21.4 million tonnes. Tonnages declined over the same period for canola, wheat and fresh, chilled or dried vegetables.
Canadian intermodal freight rose 5.0% from February 2017 to 187,000 units in February 2018. The gain stemmed from a 5.0% increase in containers-on-flat-cars, and an 8.3% increase for trailers-on-flat-cars. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic increased 2.3% to 2.7 million tonnes.
Freight traffic received from the United States rose 14.3% to 3.0 million tonnes as a result of increases in both non-intermodal (+15.0%) and intermodal (+5.6%) freight.
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