For-hire freight down slightly

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Canada-based long-distance for-hire carriers have carried 133.3 million metric tonnes of freight in the first half of 2000, a marginal decrease from the 133.6 million in 1999.

The trans-border tonnage grew significantly during the reference period and was up 7.4 per cent. This offset the effect of a 3.0 per cent decrease in domestic tonnage.

Although domestic activities accounted for 72 per cent of total tonnage and 77 per cent of total shipments, trans-border movements generated 48 per cent of total revenues and 50 per cent of total loaded kilometres for these carriers.

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