MONTREAL, QUÉBEC, CANADA — The Canadian National Railway (CN) for the tenth consecutive month has set a record by shipping more than 2.84 million tonnes of Canadian grain and processed grain products via carload.
This brings the volume of grain moved in the 2020-21 crop year to-date via carload to 14.5 million tonnes, exceeding the previous all-time record pace volume by nearly 2 million tonnes, or over 15%. CN remains on record pace for containerized grain shipments from western Canada.
“We are proud of the great efforts of our team of CN railroaders and those of our supply chain partners who, once again went above and beyond to move Canadian grain to markets,” said Rob Reilly, executive vice president and chief operating officer at CN. “2020 was a challenging year for everyone along the supply chain. Our dedicated employees and partners have demonstrated their resilience and courage in uncertain times. These record grain shipments are coming at the same time as CN is shipping very high volumes of many other commodities such as lumber, potash, propane and consumer goods. While we are proud of December’s results, we do not take them for granted and we will continue to work hard to safely move our customers’ goods.”
Approaching the end of the first half of the crop year, CN said it is moving grain at a record pace, exceeding previous records set in 2018-19.