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Customs &
Trade News

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.


Transport &
Trade News

April 26, 2018

Drop in commodities transported by Canadian rail for a second straight year

Statistics Canada reports that the volume of commodities transported by Canadian rail carriers in 2016 decreased for a second consecutive year, down 3.9% to 292.9 million tonnes.

According to the federal agency the drop was largely attributable to lower shipments of fuel oils and crude petroleum (-5.9 million tonnes or -35.7%), coal (-3.2 million tonnes or -7.8%) and wheat (-3.1 million tonnes or -12.7%).

From 2015 to 2016, tonnage loaded in containers-on-flat-cars edged up 0.5% to 36.6 million tonnes, while tonnage loaded in trailers-on-flat-cars decreased by 96.8% to 18 000 tonnes.

Shipments of coal and wheat decreased in 2016, but these products remained the top two commodities by weight. The top six commodities shipped by Canadian railways accounted for 43.2% of the total tonnage in 2016.