Freight carried by Canadian railways in May rose 12.9 percent year-over-year to 29.3 million metric tons, as the industry saw a “strong” increase in domestic freight traffic compared to May 2012 levels, according to Statistics Canada.
The gain was driven by domestic shipments, which more than offset a decline in traffic received from U.S. connections, Canada’s national statistical agency said in a written statement.
Within Canada, combined loadings of non-intermodal freight and intermodal freight improved 15.5 percent year-over-year to 26.0 million metric tons. Non-intermodal freight loadings rose 15.9 percent to 23.3 million metric tons in May, compared to May 2012, and intermodal freight loadings increased 12.3 percent to 2.7 million metric tons.
Monthly rail freight traffic received from the U.S. fell 3.9 percent versus the same period last year to 3.3 million metric tons, fueled by a drop in non-intermodal loadings, Statistics Canada said.