The Canadian railway industry’s freight commodity loadings in April rose 11 percent compared with the same month in 2012 to 30.2 million metric tons, according to Statistics Canada.
The gain was driven by an increase in domestic non-intermodal loadings, which helped offset a decline in shipments received from the U.S., Canada’s national statistical agency said in a written statement.
Within Canada, combined loadings of non-intermodal freight and intermodal freight improved 13 percent year-over-year to 26.9 million metric tons. Non-intermodal freight loadings increased 14.2 percent to 24.4 million metric tons in April, compared with April 2012, and intermodal freight loadings were up 2.4 percent to 2.5 million metric tons.
Monthly rail freight traffic received from the U.S. decreased 3.2 percent versus the same period in the previous year to 3.3 million metric tons, fueled by a decline in non-intermodal loadings, Statistics Canada said.