Southbound Northbound Map August 2023 Full Month

RailState independently tracks all freight rail movements across Canada in real-time, including traffic flows through US/Canada border crossings.  

Total southbound traffic from Canada in August was 130,216 carloads. This is a 7.1% increase over July. Southbound market share is:

 

CN

CPKC

February

62.5%

37.5%

March

64.4%

35.6%

April

60.4%

39.6%

May

61.2%

38.8%

June

64.1%

35.9%

July

62.4%

37.6%

August

61.6%

38.4%

Period average

62.4%

37.6%

Both CN and CPKC increased southbound traffic in August, with CN growing 5.8% compared to July and CPKC up 9.4%.

Southbound Traffic August 2023

At the Border – Southbound and Northbound Flows

Northbound traffic into Canada outpaced southbound traffic in August, with the majority of the difference coming on CN. CPKC showed a near identical balance of flows, with only a 59-carload difference for the month.

Southbound Northbound Map August 2023 Full Month

The busiest border crossings for CN traffic were Port Huron, MI (42.1% of total CN southbound traffic), Fort Frances, ON/International Falls, MN (34.4%), and Blaine, WA/Vancouver-Seattle (via BNSF) (23.5%). 

For CPKC, the busiest crossings were Windsor (31.3% of total CP southbound traffic), North Portal, SK (27.8%), Emerson, MB (14.4%), and Kingsgate, BC (11.9%). 

What is Moving – Car Mix

CPKC

CPKC is heavily weighted toward chemicals and agricultural products. Tanks cars and covered hoppers account for 61.9% of total southbound traffic.

CPKC Soutbound Border Car Mix August 2023

CN 

CN moves more coal cars southbound than CPKC. Equipped gondolas account for 13.5% of total southbound traffic. The biggest difference among the carriers is in agricultural cars, with CPKC carrying nearly twice the proportion of covered hoppers than CN (36.4% compared to 19.3%). CN moved a larger proportion of stack cars than CPKC in August (15.5% compared to 10.3%). 

CN Soutbound Border Car Mix August 2023

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