Canadian rail freight volume up almost 9 percent in March

Statistics Canada announced that the country’s railways carried a total of 31.8 million tonnes of freight in March, up 8.8% from the same month last year.

The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 7.6% from the same month last year to 28.8 million tonnes.

Non-intermodal freight increased 5.5% to 312,000 carloads in March. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 25.7 million tonnes, up 7.0% from the same month last year with help from increases in tonnage of iron ores and concentrates (+16.5%), fuel oils and crude petroleum (+40.0%), fresh, chilled or dried vegetables (+140.6%) and coal (+6.7%).

Intermodal freight loadings (containers & trailers) rose 12.2% from March 2016 to 197,000 units in March. The increase stemmed from a 12.2% gain in containers-on-flat-cars and a 16.2% increase in trailers-on-flat-cars. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic rose 13.4% to 3.0 million tonnes.

Freight traffic received from the United States rose 21.4% to 3.1 million tonnes as a result of a 24.3% increase in non-intermodal freight and a 6.9% decline in intermodal freight from the United States.

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