MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA — CN announced on July 7 that it has achieved another monthly record, moving 2.7 million tonnes of Canadian grain in June.
June is also CN’s fourth consecutive month of record grain movement, contributing to CN’s record pace crop-year-to-date through June of 26.9 million tonnes versus the previous record of 26.5 million tonnes set last crop year. In addition, CN has moved more than 1 million tonnes of Canadian grain from the Prairies crop year to-date via container, contributing to CN’s record pace of Canadian grain intermodal shipments.
In the first half of 2020 through June 30, CN moved 15 million tonnes. This also represents a new all-time best quarter for CN with 8.15 million tonnes moved.
“From Canadian farmers to port terminals, these achievements are a testament to the strength of our supply chain and its ability to meet the continued strong global demand for grain,” said James Cairns, senior vice president of rail centric supply chain at CN. “Strong demand for grain through the second quarter, coupled with strong execution by CN’s dedicated team of railroaders, allowed us to achieve our record quarterly results and for the first half of 2020. Those results come after challenges earlier in the crop year.
“CN’s fourth consecutive record month of grain movement and record total tonnage crop-year-to-date demonstrates the continued positive impacts of CN’s capital investments on increased network capacity and resiliency.”
Allen Foster, vice president of bulk at CN, added: “CN is proud to play an important role in providing an essential service for the agri-food supply chain, and in the face of our current global market environment, CN’s team has enabled us to have such an exceptional season. Despite all the difficulties we faced earlier this year, we are confident that the high volume of shipments experienced in June will continue until the end of the crop year and that CN and our partners of the supply chain will continue to deliver for the grain industry.”