Freight volumes hit record numbers in January

by MM&D Online staff

TORONTO—TransCore Link Logistics Canadian Freight Index opened the New Year with never-before seen highs in load volumes. After closing last year setting a record high for December, January volumes climbed sharply by 43 percent month-over-month, marking the highest ever recorded volumes for the month of January in any year.

January also had radical results displayed throughout all measurements for the month which includes all domestic, cross-border and interstate data submitted by Loadlink’s Canadian-based customers.

Cross-border postings averaged 72 percent of total load volumes. Cross-border loads increased by 48 percent from January 2013.

  • Cross-border loads originating in Canada destined to the United States realized the biggest gains with a 65 percent year-over-year increase in volumes.
  • Cross-border loads originating in the United States destined for provinces within Canada climbed by 42 percent year-over-year.
  • The top five states of origin for loads destined to Canada ordered from highest to lowest total loads were Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin (not normally seen in the top five) and Michigan.

Intra-Canada load volumes represented 23 percent of the total volumes for January and increased considerably, by 40 percent compared to the same period last year.