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Canadian rail freight volume dropped 7.2% in April

June 29, 2016

Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 28.3 million tonnes in April, a 7.2% decrease from the same month last year.

The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada decreased 5.5% from the same month last year to 25.7 million tonnes.

Non-intermodal freight fell 5.1% to 280,000 carloads in April. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 22.9 million tonnes, down 5.9% from the same month last year. This fall mainly reflected a decrease in loadings of coal, potash and fuel oils and crude petroleum. This was the sixth consecutive year-over-year monthly decline in the tonnage of coal, potash, and fuel oils and crude petroleum shipped by rail.

Intermodal freight loadings fell 1.7% year over year to 187,000 units. In terms of weight, intermodal freight fell 2.4% to 2.8 million tonnes, as a result of a decrease in containers and trailers on flat cars.

Data compiled by Statistics Canada indicate that freight traffic received from the United States fell 21.6% to 2.6 million tonnes, as a result of a 23.3% decrease in non-intermodal freight.

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