Overall grain carloads rose 27% in October, after a huge 75% increase in volume in September. Carloads on CN increased 21% from the prior month and carloads on CPKC increased 33%. CPKC moved more grain carloads than CN last month
Southbound rail volume into the United States increased in October after two months of flat volume. Total carload volume grew 5.8% in October. CN’s southbound volume dipped 2.5% while CPKC had a large increase of 18.1%.
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.
Total average daily volume headed eastbound from the Western Canada ports grew 18.1% in October compared to September, and CPKC continued to increase its market share of international intermodal volume.
Over the past ten days, 65,666 containers moved east on these two routes through the southwest United States. BNSF moved 58.5% of the total container volume and 61% of the domestic container volume.
Southbound rail volume into the USs remained largely unchanged from August, dropping just 0.7% in September. CN’s southbound volume dropped 1.8% while CPKC had a moderate increase of 1.1%.
Grain export carloads saw the biggest increase in September, as was expected with the start of the grain harvest season. Total grain carloads rose 75% from August.
Total train volume westbound to the Port of Vancouver increased 14.1% in September compared to August. The biggest gain came from Grain trains, which jumped 65.2% from 46 trains in August to 76 trains in September.
The total average daily volume headed eastbound from the Western Canada ports was down 15.6% in September compared to August. Compared to earlier in the year when CPKC moved about one third of international intermodal containers from the western ports,
Total southbound traffic from Canada in August was 130,216 carloads. This is a 7.1% increase over July.