Port of Vancouver westbound export traffic December 2023

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Western Ports

Port of Vancouver

Total train volume westbound to the Port of Vancouver declined 4.0% in December compared to November. Sulphur unit trains increased the most, growing from 17 trains to 22 trains. The largest decrease came from Grain unit trains, which declined 19.2% last month.

CPKC took a larger share of volume in December, outpacing CN by 5.6%. This is a similar breakdown to November.  

market share to Port of Vancouver December 2023

Prince Rupert

Freight volume to the Port of Prince Rupert increased 4.9% in December. Most growth came from manifest trains, which increased 42.1%. Coal unit train volume increased 14.3%, while Grain unit trains dropped 10% and Petroleum unit trains fell 11.4%.

Rail volume to port of prince rupert january to december 2023 by train type

Eastern Ports


Train volume to Halifax fell 11.4% in December, mainly from a 14.3% decrease in Grain unit train traffic.

Rail volume to port of halifax january to December 2023 by train type

Port of Sydney

Train volume to the Port of Sydney decreased 16.1%, largely due to no Coal unit trains and a small decline in Manifest trains. In November, Port of Sydney saw 4 Coal unit trains, which was significantly higher than typical Coal volume to that port. 

Rail volume to port of sydney january to december 2023 by train type

Thunder Bay

Train volume to Thunder Bay fell 17.6% in December. There were 10 fewer Grain unit trains last month compared to November, 7 fewer Potash trains, and 6 fewer Coal unit trains. The only train type to see an increase was Automotive trains, grew from 14 trains to 17 trains in December.

Rail volume to Thunder Bay january to december 2023 by train type

CPKC moved 72% of train volume to Thunder Bay in December. This is a small decrease from November, when they moved 74.3%.

Thunder Bay december market share CN and CPKC

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