For the third consecutive month CN has broken its monthly grain shipping record. CN moved more than 2.52 million tonnes of grain, ahead of the previous May record of 2.4 million tonnes set in 2014 and over 20% ahead of the three-year average.
The record movements come after in March and April, where CN moved 2.62 million tonnes and 2.73 million tonnes respectively from Western Canada. So far, during the 2019-20 crop year, CN has moved 23.3 million tonnes of grain.
James Cairns, senior vice president of the rail-centric supply chain at CN, said this year has not been easy for farmers or the supply chain but CN is working to adapt and deliver with the challenges the company has faced.
“This crop year has seen wet weather delay the harvest, service disruptions, and a pandemic, all of which have impacted the supply chain and yet the results continue to set records,” Cairns said. “We are proud of what we have accomplished in collaboration with our supply chain partners, farmers and stakeholders. We thank the agricultural community for their feedback and input and we want them to know that we are committed to supporting them and their needs.”