Saskatchew­an govern­ment calls for fast ne­go­ti­a­tions to solve grain move­ment woes

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - SUB­MIT­TED

The Saskatchew­an Govern­ment is call­ing on the Federal Govern­ment to im­me­di­ately over­see ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the grain com­pa­nies and CP and CN that will es­tab­lish spe­cific pa­ram­e­ters around get­ting grain from the farm gate to ships at port.

“In our meet­ings last week, both CN and CP in­di­cated they are pre­pared to ne­go­ti­ate and sign level of ser­vice agree­ments with grain ship­pers with re­cip­ro­cal penal­ties and we are ask­ing the Federal Govern­ment to im­me­di­ately en­sure this hap­pens,” Boyd said. “Rail­way com­pa­nies as­sured us they are ramp­ing up to have thou­sands more grain cars per week tak­ing grain to ports and this will be sus­tained un­til at least De­cem­ber 2014. Grain com­pa­nies told us they could quickly move to pro­vide ser­vice 24 hours a day if the grain reaches them.”

Boyd added that the provin­cial govern­ment will be closely mon­i­tor­ing ba­sis lev­els to en­sure that they are re­duced as grain car move­ment im­proves.

Af­ter meet­ings with grain com­pa­nies in Regina and Win­nipeg, and CN and CP in Mon­treal and Cal­gary, the min­is­ters tasked with en­sur­ing Saskatchew­an farm­ers see more of their record crop move are cer­tain that a co-op­er­a­tive ef­fort be­tween the Federal Govern­ment, the rail com- pa­nies and grain com­pa­nies will see dra­matic ef­fi­cien­cies in the sys­tem.

In ad­di­tion to these im­me­di­ate ac­tions, the Provin­cial Govern­ment is sup­port­ing the Federal Govern­ment as it moves to bring more trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity into the sys­tem. This should in­clude hav­ing weekly reporting re­quire­ments around ac­tual car spots, load­ing at coun­try el­e­va­tors, de­liv­ery of cars to ports and un­load­ing re­ports at ports.

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