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March Truck Freight Volumes Shatter Records

TORONTO — Truckers hauled more goods in March 2014 than ever before, according to data records from TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian Freight Index.

Truck load volumes have been on a rising trend for the past four months in a row, but March volumes were the highest ever recorded, being 50 percent higher than last March’s volumes and 16 percent higher than February 2014 volumes.

The first quarter shattered any combined quarterly volumes since TransCore Link Logistics started recording data. Load volumes for the first quarter soared 51 percent from fourth quarter 2013 and increased 52 percent compared to the first quarter in 2013.

Here’s where the goods are coming from:

  • 71 percent of all load volumes were cross-border
  • 24 percent were loads travelling within Canada

“Cross-border loads originating in Canada destined to the U.S. sprang radically by 92 percent year-over-year,” TransCore states.

And there were 42 percent more U.S. loads travelling to Canadian provinces in March 2014 than in March 2013. The top five states of origin for loads coming to Canada were Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Where do the U.S. goods arrive?

  • 55 percent in Ontario
  • 25 percent in Western Canada
  • 18 percent in Quebec
  • Two percent in Atlantic Canada

As for Canadian loads travelling from one province to another, they were up 32 percent compared to the same time last year.

Where do they originate?

  • 52 percent from Western Canada
  • 27 percent from Ontario
  • 16 percent from Quebec
  • Five percent from Atlantic Canada

Where are they unloaded?

  • 38 percent in Western Canada
  • 38 percent in Ontario
  • 22 percent in Quebec
  • Two percent in Atlantic Canada
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