Port of Vancouver westbound export traffic

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Western Ports

Port of Vancouver

Total train volume westbound to the Port of Vancouver increased 11.6% in October. The biggest gain came from Grain trains, which jumped 30.7% from 179 trains in September to 234 trains in October. This growth coincides with the Canadian grain harvest. We expect the volume of grain trains to remain high for the coming months.

The total carload traffic into the Port of Vancouver was evenly divided between CN and CPKC, with CPKC moving just over 474 carloads more than CN in October.

market share to POV Octoeber

Prince Rupert

The Port of Prince Rupert also saw an increase in total train volume in October. As was seen at the Port of Vancouver, the increase in train volume is mostly from the growth in volume of Grain trains. Grain volume grew from 27 trains in September to 37 trains in October.

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

Eastern Ports


Train volume to Halifax grew 16.9% in October, mainly from a 42% increase in grain trains.

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

Port of Sydney

Train volume to the Port of Sydney increased slightly, adding 3 additional manifest trains in October compared to September.

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

Thunder Bay

Train volume to Thunder Bay dropped 7% in October. After more than doubling grain train volume in September, grain volume fell back 13% in October. The largest gain was in automotive train traffic, which grew from 2 trains in September to 11 in October.

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

CPKC moves significantly more volume through Thunder Bay than CN. In September, CPKC moved twice as many carloads into Thunder Bay than CN. In October, that ratio increased further, to nearly 3:1.

Thunder Bay October market share CN and CPKC

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