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November 02, 2018

Canadian rail freight volume increased 7.7% in August

Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 33.1 million tonnes of freight in August, up 7.7% from August 2017.

The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 7.7% year over year to 29.6 million tonnes in August.

Non-intermodal freight increased by 9.9% to 322,000 carloads. The amount of freight loaded into these cars rose 9.0% from August 2017 to 26.5 million tonnes. The commodities with the largest year-over-year increase in tonnage were fuel oils and crude petroleum, iron ores and concentrates, potash, cereal grains and canola. Tonnages declined for nickel ores and concentrates, fertilizers, and wood pulp.

Intermodal freight loadings rose 0.1% from August 2017 to 215,000 units. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic declined 2.3% to 3.1 million tonnes.

Freight traffic received from the United States rose 8.0% to 3.5 million tonnes as a result of a 7.2% increase in non-intermodal freight.