Freight Volumes Yo-Yo in April

TORONTO — April’s Canadian freight volumes experienced a variety of ups and downs, according to TransCore Link Logistics.

Last month, Canadian freight index volumes dipped seven percent month-over-month, with year-over-year volumes falling behind by 14 percent — the lowest in four years.

On a more positive note, equipment postings are up six percent from March, with year-over-year results jumping 11 percent from April 2012.

Cross-border loadings made up 70 percent of load volumes, while intra-Canadian volumes accounted for 25 per cent. Cross-border loads coming to Canada are down 21 percent year-over-year. However, loads from Canada to the United States spiked 16 percent.

In April, intra-Canada year-over-year volumes were down two percent, while equipment was up 21 percent.

Here’s the breakdown.

Cross-Border Loads into Canada: (cross-border data makes up 70 percent of total)
By Region of Destination:

  • • Ontario 57 percent
  • • Western 20 percent
  • • Quebec 21 percent
  • • Atlantic 2 percent

Cross-Border Equipment into Canada:
By Region of Destination:

  • • Ontario 50 percent
  • • Western 24 percent
  • • Quebec 22 percent
  • • Atlantic 4 percent

Loads Within Canada: (accounts for 25 percent of data)
By Region of Origin:

  • • Western 40 percent
  • • Ontario 33 percent
  • • Quebec 20 percent
  • • Atlantic 7 percent

By Region of Destination:

  • • Western 35 percent
  • • Ontario 34 percent
  • • Quebec 27 percent
  • • Atlantic 4 percent

The top equipment postings:

  • • Dry Vans 50 percent
  • • Reefers 22 percent
  • • Flatbed 20 percent
  • • Other 8 percent

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