Forecasts for fall grain shipments out of Western Canada are being increased, and the amount of grain shippers plan on exporting by next summer is rising, according to Canadian National Railway.
Shippers have told the railroad to expect a near-record harvest of more than 60 million tons, and that has CN President and Chief Executive Officer Claude Mongeau stressing the importance of an efficient supply chain.
“Such a large crop will clearly challenge the entire supply chain. Meeting this challenge successfully will require all supply chain partners to come together in order to maximize end-to-end throughput on a consistent basis,” he stated. “Prompt car loading in the Prairies, steady railway movements from the country to port, and efficient car unloading at port terminals will be critical to solid hopper car fleet velocity so that the cars can be brought back to the countryside to meet new orders in a timely way.”
Mongeau said CN is concentrating on port terminal unloading, properly utilizing car capacity and keeping the rail operation running smoothly, but that every stakeholder in the supply chain needs to be ready to contribute at a high level.
“True collaboration and information sharing along the entire supply chain will be the foundation for our joint success,” he said. “CN is ready to play its role as a key supply-chain enabler, helping Canadian farmers and our customers bring this record crop to world markets efficiently.”