Port of Vancouver westbound export traffic January 2024

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Western Ports

Port of Vancouver

Total train volume westbound to the Port of Vancouver dropped 12.9% in January compared to December. Part of this is from a decrease in train volumes in the middle of January caused by the extreme cold

Automotive trains increased the most, growing 40% from December. The largest decrease came from Sulphur unit trains, which declined 36.4%, and Coal unit trains, which fell 23.3%

CPKC took a larger share of volume in January, outpacing CN by 4.8%. This is slightly smaller than December’s margin of 5.6%. 

market share to Port of Vancouver January 2024

Prince Rupert

Freight volume to the Port of Prince Rupert fell 7.3% in January. Coal unit trains were down 23.2% from the previous month, while Grain train volume grew 19.4%.

Rail volume to port of prince rupert january to january 2024 by train type

Eastern Ports


Train volume to Halifax increased 33% in January driven by a 44% increase in Grain train volumes.

Rail volume to port of halifax january to january 2024 by train type

Port of Sydney

Train volume to the Port of Sydney rose 15.4% and 97% of the traffic was Manifest trains. 

Rail volume to port of sydney january to January 2024 by train type

Thunder Bay

Train volume to Thunder Bay dropped 37% in January. This is in line with seasonal trends and shows the end of the major grain movements from the 2023 harvest. Grain unit trains fell 83% in January.

Rail volume to Thunder Bay January 2023 to January 2024 by train type

The end of major grain movements to Thunder Bay shows on both railroads but more so on CN. Total carload movements on CN in January are just 10% of the volume moved in the early fall, bringing CN’s market share of total carload movements to the Thunder Bay region to just 9.8%, down from 27% in December.

Thunder Bay January 2024 market share CN and CPKC

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