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Rail freight volume in Canada down 7.5 percent in June

August 31, 2016

Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 27.8 million tonnes of freight in June, down 7.5% from the same month last year.

The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada decreased 6.5% from the same month last year to 25.4 million tonnes.

Non-intermodal freight fell 6.3% to 277,000 carloads in June. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 22.6 million tonnes, down 7.3% from the same month last year. The decline mainly reflected a decrease in loadings of wheat, fuel oils and crude petroleum, potash, and iron ore and concentrates.

Intermodal freight loadings edged up 0.4% year over year to 185,000 units. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic rose 0.7% to 2.8 million tonnes as a result of an increase in containers on flat cars.

Freight traffic received from the United States fell 17.3% to 2.4 million tonnes, as a result of a 19.4% decrease in non-intermodal freight, while intermodal freight from the United States increased 7.1%.

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