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October 05, 2018

Canadian rail freight volume up 9.5% in July

Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 32.8 million tonnes of freight in July, up 9.5% from July 2017.

The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 11.2% from the same month last year to 29.5 million tonnes in July.

Non-intermodal freight increased by 11.7% to 315,000 carloads. The amount of freight loaded into these cars rose 12.6% from July 2017 to 26.5 million tonnes. The largest increase in tonnages was for iron ores and concentrates, up16.9%. Fuel oils and crude petroleum rose by double digits for the third month in a row and was 19.5% higher year to date compared with the same period last year.

Intermodal freight loadings rose 1.9% from July 2017 to 210,000 units in July. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic rose 0.2% to 3.0 million tonnes.

Freight traffic received from the United States declined 3.5% to 3.3 million tonnes as a result of a 5.1% decrease in non-intermodal freight.