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Railway carloadings, August 2014

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Released: 2014-10-29

The volume of rail freight carried in Canada totalled 29.5 million tonnes in August, up 3.3% from the same month last year. Increased shipments of wheat and canola, which were influenced by recent grain transportation regulations, helped offset a decline in shipments received from the United States.

Domestic rail freight originating in Canada and destined within Canada and other parts of the world rose 6.0% to 26.2 million tonnes. These shipments are composed of non-intermodal freight (that is, cargo moved via box cars or loaded in bulk) and intermodal freight (that is, cargo moved via containers and trailers on flat cars).

Non-intermodal freight rose 5.0% to 285,000 carloads. The amount of freight loaded into these cars totalled 23.4 million tonnes, up 6.0%. The increase was attributable to gains in several commodity groupings, particularly wheat (up 839 000 tonnes), canola (up 536 000 tonnes) and fuel oils and crude petroleum (up 306 000 tonnes).

Intermodal freight loadings rose 7.2% to 189,000 units in August. From a tonnage perspective, traffic grew 6.0% to 2.7 million tonnes. The gain stemmed from increases in both containerized cargo shipments and trailers loaded on flat cars.

Traffic received from the United States fell 13.6% to 3.4 million tonnes. The decline was attributable to decreased non-intermodal and intermodal shipments.

  Note to readers

Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted.

For non-intermodal traffic, rail carriers report the number of cars and tonnes by commodity of revenue-generating freight that they have loaded in Canada.

For intermodal freight, carriers report the number of units and tonnes for containers on flat cars and trailers on flat cars, with no commodity data.

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