Total Canadian rail freight tonnage increased 3.1% in September

Statistics Canada announced that the country’s railways carried a total of 32.9 million tonnes of freight in September, up 3.1% from the same month a year earlier.

The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada rose 4.8% year over year to 29.9 million tonnes in September.

Canadian non-intermodal freight increased by 7.0% to 325,000 carloads. The amount of freight loaded into these cars rose 5.8% from September 2017 to 26.9 million tonnes, with the largest year-over-year increase in fuel oils and crude petroleum, up 66.2%. Tonnages for wheat increased 28.3%. Conversely, tonnages declined for canola (-25.7%) and fresh, chilled or dried vegetables (-28.0%).

Intermodal freight loadings fell 1.3% from September 2017 to 205,000 units. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic declined 4.0% to 3.0 million tonnes.

Freight traffic received from the United States declined 10.7% to 3.0 million tonnes as a result of a 12.1% decrease in non-intermodal freight.

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