Train volume westbound into Port of Vancouver through June 2024

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This report covers freight movements into the major Canadian ports. It excludes intermodal traffic, which is covered in a separate Intermodal Report

Western Ports

Port of Vancouver

Overall freight volume westbound to the Port of Vancouver stayed flat in June (+0.2%) compared to May. The biggest % changes came from Potash trains, which increased 23.3% in June. Other train types were unchanged or experienced marginal declines.  

  • Automotive: -7.1%
  • Coal Unit: 0.0%
  • Grain Unit: -0.8%
  • Manifest -2.1%
  • Tank Car Unit trains: 0.0%
  • Sulphur Unit: -14.3%

CPKC’s share of total carload volume into the Port of Vancouver region was 7 points higher than CN’s. The market share split is mostly unchanged from May, when CPKC moved 53.5% of freight volume into the Port.

market share to Port of Vancouver June 2024

Prince Rupert

Freight volume to the Port of Prince Rupert fell 15.1% in June.

  • Coal Unit: -10.3%
  • Grain Unit: -14.6%
  • Manifest: -14.3%
  • Tank Car Unit trains: -21.1%
Rail volume to port of prince rupert january to June 2024 by train type

Eastern Ports

Halifax

Train volume to Halifax decreased by 15.4% in June. All train types saw decreases in volume.

  • Automotive: -9.7%
  • Grain Unit: -28.6%
  • Manifest: -5.6%
Rail volume to port of halifax january to June 2024 by train type

Port of Sydney

Train volume to the Port of Sydney decreased by 9 trains in June (-27.3%).

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

Thunder Bay

Train volume to Thunder Bay decreased 13.3% in June.

  • Automotive: +11.1%
  • Coal Unit: -40.0%
  • Grain Unit: -2.0%
  • Manifest: -11.3%
  • Potash: -72.7%
Rail volume to Thunder Bay January 2023 to June 2024 by train type

CN increased its market share of freight volume into the port, growing to 28% from 25.5% in May.

Thunder Bay June 2024 market share CN and CPKC

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