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Canadian rail freight volume increased 6.9% in January

March 29, 2017

Statistics Canada announced that the country's railways carried a total of 29.3 million tonnes of freight in January, up 6.9% from the same month last year.

The Federal agency reports that total rail freight originating in Canada increased 6.6% from the same month last year to 26.6 million tonnes.

Non-intermodal freight increased 6.5% to 290,000 carloads in January. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 23.7 million tonnes, up 6.3% from the same month last year. A rise in tonnage of canola, potash, gaseous hydrocarbons and other oil seeds and nuts and other agricultural products contributed to the increase.

Intermodal freight loadings rose 7.2% to 191,000 units from January 2016 to January 2017. The increase stemmed from a 6.9% gain in containers-on-flat-cars and a 22.1% gain in trailers-on-flat-cars. In terms of weight, intermodal traffic rose 9.0% to 2.9 million tonnes.

Freight traffic received from the United States rose 10.1% to 2.7 million tonnes as a result of an 11.5% increase in non-intermodal freight and a 4.8% decline in intermodal freight from the United States.

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