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Rail freight volume continued to drop throughout Canada in July

September 28, 2016

Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 27.9 million tonnes of freight in July, down 7.9% from the same month last year.

The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada decreased 6.4% from the same month last year to 25.4 million tonnes.

Carload freight fell 6.9% to 272,000 cars in July. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 22.6 million tonnes, down 7.1% from the same month last year. The decline mainly reflected a decrease in loadings of colza seeds (canola) (-11.1%), iron ores and concentrates (-13.6%), wheat (-18.1%), and fuel oils and crude petroleum (-28.5%). Tonnage of potash, and fuel oils and crude petroleum shipped by rail was down year over year for the ninth consecutive month.

Intermodal freight loadings were more stable, edging down by only 0.5% year over year to 190,000 units. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic fell 0.4% to 2.8 million tonnes, as a result of a decrease in loadings on trailers on flat cars.

A significant reduction was reported in total freight traffic received from the United States, which fell 20.8% to 2.5 million tonnes in July, as a result of a 23.2% decrease in non-intermodal freight. Intermodal freight from the United States increased 11.8%.

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