Canadian railways carried 29.7 million tonnes of freight in November, up 8.4% year-over-year, driven by increased demand for iron ores and concentrates; rail freight originating in Canada rose 9.1% to 26.4 million tonnes: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA , January 29, 2014 (press release) – Canadian railways carried 29.7 million tonnes of freight in November, up 8.4% from the same month last year. Among the strongest factors contributing to this growth was increased demand for iron ores and concentrates.

Rail freight originating in Canada and destined within Canada and other parts of the world rose 9.1% to 26.4 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 carried by Canadian railways rose 7.9% to 293,000 carloads in November. The amount of freight loaded into these cars increased 9.7% to 23.8 million tonnes. Although iron ores and concentrates saw the largest gain in tonnage loadings (up 565 000 tonnes), several other commodities also saw strong growth during the month. These included coal (up 369 000 tonnes), fuel oils and crude petroleum (up 368 000 tonnes) and wheat (up 366 000 tonnes).

Intermodal traffic was up in November, as the combined number of units of containers and trailers shipped rose 4.6% to 171,000. The tonnage of these units increased 3.7% to 2.6 million tonnes.

Rail traffic coming from the United States rose 3.3% in November to 3.3 million tonnes. The increase in shipments was brought on by robust growth of intermodal containers, which rose 40.4% to 226 000 tonnes. The number of these containers also increased, with units up 23.9% to 14,000.

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