Prairie Post (West Edition)

CN achieves record grain movement for 2020-2021 crop year and submits its 2021-2022 grain plan


CN railing announced that it has set a new record for the movement of Canadian grain and processed grain products via carload with over 31 million metric tonnes (“MMT”) moved during the 20202021 crop year. CN also filed and published its 2021-2022 Grain Plan on Friday July 30.

This record exceeds the previous record for carload movement of 29.4 MMT set in the 2019–2020 crop year. CN also moved over 1.1 MMT of grain from Western Canada via containers, with grain volumes moved from Eastern Canada in addition to these levels.

“As an essential transporta­tion service to the economy, to our customers, supply chain partners, and the communitie­s we serve, we remain committed to making capacity-enhancing investment­s to our network and to upgrade our rolling stock. These investment­s benefit our grain customers, as well as all those from the other sectors we serve. CN’s grain movement has been resilient during the pandemic, achieving 14 straight months of Canadian grain volume shipment records. We recognize that growing conditions across much of the Prairies have been very challengin­g as many producers face extremely hot and dry weather this year. Our dedicated team of railroader­s will continue to work tirelessly with Canadian farmers, agri-organizati­ons and grain customers to have the resources in place to move the upcoming harvest for the communitie­s we proudly serves,” noted JJ Ruest, President and Chief Executive Officer, CN.

Details of CN’s record success can be found in its annual Grain Plan, entitled From Farm to Market. This is the fourth year CN has produced a Plan in conjunctio­n with key industry stakeholde­rs. The Plan reviews CN’s performanc­e during the previous crop year, assesses CN’s ability to move anticipate­d levels of grain during the upcoming crop year, and outlines specific steps that CN is taking to ensure it has the necessary capacity to move grain safely and efficientl­y for the benefit of farmers, customers and supply chain partners. The Grain Plan is also available on CN’s website at CN will continue to publish monthly updates to the Plan.

In May 2021, CN announced its plans to acquire 1,000 new-generation, highcapaci­ty, grain hopper cars. These innovative railcars will help meet the growing needs of grain farmers and grain customers, and are part of a larger 3,500 hopper car fleet renewal program over the next three years. Building on CN’s on-going grain hopper car fleet renewal program that began in 2018, CN’s new generation fleet will grow to 6,000 hopper cars. During the last five years, CN has invested more than C$15 billion in capital equipment and infrastruc­ture to ensure it has the network capacity to meet the needs of our customers. CN’s overall investment plan reflects its determinat­ion to play a leading role in the economic recovery and to be part of the climate solution.

The proposed CN-Kansas City Southern combinatio­n will introduce new options for Canadian farmers and grain costumers to ship both grain and processed grain products. It will create a new single-line service to a wider array of destinatio­ns in the U.S. and Mexico, and will also create an end-to-end transporta­tion network across North America, enhancing competitio­n, spurring economic growth and delivering benefits to the local communitie­s in which both railroads operate. To learn more about the CN-KCS combinatio­n, please visit www.connectedc­

CN transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactur­ed products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the U.S. South through a 19,500-mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributi­ng to community prosperity and sustainabl­e trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibi­lity and environmen­tal stewardshi­p.

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