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Canadian rail freight volume decreased 0.6% in October

December 28th, 2016

Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 31.3 million tonnes of freight in October, down 0.6% from the same month last year.

The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada decreased 0.3% from the same month last year to 28.5 million tonnes.

Non-intermodal freight decreased 0.8% to 307,260 carloads in October. The amount of freight loaded onto these cars declined 0.1% from the same month a year earlier to 25.7 million tonnes.

Intermodal freight loadings also dropped, decreasing 1.7% to 190,737 units from October 2015 to October 2016. The 1.4% decrease in containers-on-flat-cars moderated the 15.9% decline in trailers-on-flat-cars. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic decreased 1.9% to 2.8 million tonnes.

Freight traffic received from the United States fell 3.8% to 2.8 million tonnes as a result of a 3.7% decrease in non-intermodal freight and a 4.9% decrease in intermodal freight from the United States.

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