CN Sets Grain Movement Record for 12th Consecutive Month

CN Tier 4 locomotive at GE Transportation's Fort Worth, Texas, plant. (Photo: GE)

CN set a new record in February by shipping more than 2.28 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and processed grain products via carload.

It marks the 12th consecutive month it set a grain movement record and exceeds the previous February record set in 2019 of 2.12 MMT by more than 7 percent.

During the 2020-2021 crop year, CN has moved over 19.7 MMT of Canadian Grain. This is 24 percent higher than the three-year average of 15.9 MMT and 17 percent higher than the record of 16.9 MMT set in the 2018-2019 crop year.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of our team of railroaders despite the fact that the first half of the month of February was characterized by a severe cold outbreak,” Rob Reilly, CN’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a news release. “The resulting challenging operating conditions across a large part of our network did not prevent them from ensuring that our network was running safely and that we kept meeting our customers’ needs during this period.

“CN’s investments in air distribution cars and automated track inspection technology has contributed to greater safety and higher productivity this winter, “Reilly added. “The ongoing collaboration between CN, the ports, Canadian grain farmers, as well as all of our supply chain partners has been, without any doubt, the key to our success during this challenging month. “

CN also broke records with more 700,000 metric tonnes of grain moving directly from western Canada via containers and volumes shipped from eastern Canada.

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