For-hire trucking tonnage increased despite economic shocks

OTTAWA, Ont. — Tonnage carried by Canada-based long-distance for-hire carriers amounted to 148 million metric tonnes of freight in the first two quarters of 2003, according to a report released by Statistics Canada yesterday.

This was a 4.3% increase from the 142 million tonnes carried in the same period of 2002, a rather remarkable feat considering the economic shocks experienced during this time period last year.

Although domestic activities accounted for 72% of the total tonnage and 80% of the total shipments, transborder movements generated 47% of the total revenues earned and 52% of the total tonne-kilometres for these carriers.

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