Canada Intermodal Western Ports November 2023

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International Intermodal

Western Ports

Total average daily volume headed eastbound from the Western Canada ports dropped 2.3% in November compared to October. CPKC saw a larger decrease in volume, dropping 4.2% in November compared to a 0.8% decrease for CN. 

Both railroads remained largely unchanged in containers per train in November. CPKC’s average containers per train fell 0.6%, just about one fewer container per train than in October. CN’s container per train volume changed less than half of a container per train. 

Containers per train from western Canada ports CN and CPKC through November 2023


International container volume through Halifax increased after a few months of moderate declines. CN moved 14% more international intermodal volume in November.

International intermodal westbound from Halifax November 2023

Domestic Intermodal

Weekly container volume moving from the Port of Vancouver area to the Toronto area increased significantly in early November before trailing off later in the month. In the final week of November, CN moved 56.3% of domestic containers along this route. 

Domestic Container Volume By Week CN and CPKC November 2023

International/Domestic Breakdown By Railway

Container breakdowns stayed largely the same in November. The international 40-foot containers account for the vast majority of volume on both railroads, with CN posting a slightly higher proportion of 40-foot containers than CPKC, 72% to 67%. Despite some larger changes in container mix earlier in the fall, both railroads have maintained consistent breakdowns over the past two months. 

Int v Dom IM CPKC November 2023
Int v domestic IM CN November 2023

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