Canada forest products freight drops 36 percent

December 18, 2019

By: The Working Forest Staff

Canadian total forest products railroad freight fell 36.4% in the week ending Nov. 23, 2019, to 4,621 carloads reflecting a Teamsters strike against CN (Canadian National) that began at midnight Nov. 19, and ended Nov. 26 with a tentative labour agreement.

The strike included 3,200 CN union workers, mainly conductors, which resulted in the rail network running at about 10% of capacity over eight days, the company said.

CN reported its total forest products freight in the week dropped 38.9% with pulp and paper 31.3% lower to 2,094 carloads, lumber and wood products down 48.1% to 1,614 carloads and primary forest products 34.7% lower to 830 carloads.

 

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