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Trucking Commodity Origin and Destination Survey, 2013

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Released: 2015-03-16

The Canadian for-hire trucking industry hauled 690.8 million tonnes of freight in 2013, up 4.4% from 2012. The growth was tied to both increased domestic and transborder shipments.

Domestic shipments within Canada rose 3.5% to 592.9 million tonnes. These shipments accounted for 85.8% of the overall tonnage hauled by for-hire trucking companies.

From a regional perspective, Ontario and Quebec saw the largest increases in tonnage hauled within Canada. In Ontario, the increase was tied to a rise in intraprovincial shipments, largely driven by growth in construction-related shipments of gravel and crushed stone as well as in shipments of general freight. In Quebec, the rise in tonnage was also due to increased intraprovincial shipments, particularly movements of waste and scrap and general freight.

Transborder shipments within North America rose in 2013 as the volume of outbound and inbound freight between Canada, the United States and Mexico increased 9.9% to 97.8 million tonnes. The gains were tied to robust shipments of general freight and vehicles.

  Note to readers

The Trucking Commodity Origin and Destination Survey collects information on Canada's for-hire trucking industry (North American Industrial Classification System industry 484). The survey targets trucking companies with at least one establishment having an annual revenue of at least $1.3 million. It excludes foreign-based trucking establishments operating in Canada and non-trucking establishments with their own fleets (that is, private trucking).

Data aggregations are available for Canada and selected geographic regions upon request.

Additional data tables from the 2013 Trucking Commodity Origin and Destination Survey are now available upon request.

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To request additional data tables, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Michel Savard (613-951-3175;, Environment, Energy and Transportation Statistics Division.

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