Trucking Commodity Origin and Destination Survey

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2010 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Trucking companies in Canada with an annual revenue of $1.3 million or more hauled more freight in 2010 than in 2009. Total weight transported was 576 million tonnes, up 9.0% from the year before, but below the high of 604 million tonnes in 2007.

Domestic shipments, which are those that were hauled within Canada, accounted for the increase as weight transported rose 10.5%. These shipments accounted for 86% of total weight and 69% of total revenue. Carriers earned an average of 14.7 cents per tonne-kilometre for these shipments.

Of the total weight transported, 73% was carried a distance of 25 kilometres or more. On average, these long-distance shipments weighed 8 600 kilograms and were hauled 736 kilometres. The average local shipment weighed 12 900 kilograms and travelled 10 kilometres.

The top commodities transported were general freight, gravel and crushed stone, prepared food stuffs, wood products, and waste and scrap. Combined, they accounted for almost half of the total weight transported.

Available without charge in CANSIM: table 403-0004.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2741.

Revised data for 2009 and preliminary data for 2010 from the Trucking Commodity Origin and Destination Survey are now available.

For more information, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116;, Communications Division.

To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Sagal Searag (613-951-6354;, Transportation Division.