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Railways overshoot grain revenue limits for the last crop year

Canada’s two big railways will pay $5.6 million for exceeding the maximum revenue cap for hauling Prairie grain. CN Rail and CP Rail overshot their maximum revenue entitlements (MREs) for the year by $3,170,615 and $2,170,010 respectively, the Canadian Transportation Agency ruled last month. The overages, plus a five per cent penalty, are payable to the Western

Railways were able to overcome a bad start to the shipping year after capacity opened up due to the COVID slowdown.

COVID surprise comes to grain movement in 2020

How the pandemic helped Canada set a grain shipping record and what’s to come

When it comes to the grain transportation file in 2020, it was a story of extremes. Record western Canadian grain shipments in the 2019-20 crop year ending July 31, belies poor rail performance, much of it beyond their control, during the first six months of that period. “When we were in week 28 (Feb. 9-15,


The great grain transportation turnaround

From bad to best, Western Canada’s grain-handling and transportation system has made huge improvements in the last 25 years

Twenty-five years ago critics claimed Western Canada had one of the worst grain-handling and transportation systems in the developed world. Yet today it’s among the best, says Canada’s grain monitor Mark Hemmes. Far from perfect, and still vulnerable to costly disruptions, including right now, the system from farm gate to terminal spout has been revamped

Despite earlier shipping records, grain shipping backlog builds

Canada’s railways continued to break grain movement records earlier this crop year. But as welcome as improved rail service has been, those records need to be put into context, says Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA). For starters grain production has been steadily increasing so setting shipping records has to

CN touts best grain month ever

Record comes as company prepares to receive new grain hopper cars sooner than planned

With two days left in October, CN was already celebrating a new monthly record for grain movement. It had already shipped more than 2.88 million tonnes, the previous record set in October of 2019, and at press time were anticipating exceeding the “previously unattainable” three-million-tonne mark. “This unprecedented performance follows seven record months of Canadian


Winter performance will be make-or-break for Canada’s grain industry.

Will the gusher of grain movement continue this winter?

Shipping records have shattered but the big test comes when the snow flies and temperatures drop

Glacier FarmMedia – The grain transportation system has been ‘pounding it,’ with monthly records falling like flies through spring, summer and even into harvest. So will it continue? That will depend on sales and demand from other sectors that ship by rail, say experts. “We’ve done very well in the aftermath of everything that’s happened

CN says it’s set with a strong winter program and the resources to deliver, raising the possibility grain shipments could set a new all-time record three crop years in a row.

Grain-shipping three-peat possible

Western Canada could ship another record amount of grain this crop year but it’s going to take good management and good luck

While the 2020-21 crop year is young, when it ends next July 31 it’s possible western Canadian grain shipping will have set another record — the third in a row. A three-peat requires a big crop, rail capacity, good management and luck, but it’s off to an unprecedented start, says Canada’s grain monitor, Mark Hemmes,

As COVID has caused the global economy to grind to a halt, grain was in demand and rail capacity was suddenly freed up.

Record grain movement expected as crop year ends July 31

While COVID-19 is causing much misery, it’s also credited with a big surge in grain shipping since March

If you’re looking for a silver lining in the massive COVID storm cloud, look no further than grain movement out of Western Canada. COVID-19 has killed almost 9,000 Canadians, sickened thousands more and devastated Canada’s economy — and helped Canada move what’s expected to be a record amount of grain when the crop year ends


CN invests $105 million in Manitoba capital projects

CN Rail will invest $105 million in capital spending in Manitoba in 2020, Sean Finn, CN’s executive vice-president of corporate services and chief legal officer, said in an interview July 15. About half the money will be used for maintenance, including rail and tie replacement, bridges, level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.

Record grain movement in May

Another month, another record

Canada’s two major railways moved a record amount of grain in May. For CN Rail May marked the third monthly record in a row having shipped 2.5 million tonnes of grain up from 2.4 million in May 2014, it said in a news release June 1. CP Rail moved 2.8 million tonnes of grain in May, beating its previous record set in May