The Coalition of Rail Shippers (CRS) met with members of the Canadian parliament and officials from Transport, Industry, Natural Resources, Agriculture, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the prime minister’s office in Ottawa this week to express dissatisfaction with rail freight service.
“Inefficiencies of rail service have an impact on our bottom line and our ability to compete in fiercely competitive world markets”, said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive office of Resolute Forest Products. “For example, it’s unacceptable for our company to receive hundreds of unusable rail cars delivered to us each year, delaying delivery or resulting in direct damage of product. In today's marketplace, you must be a reliable supplier. What we are asking of government is entirely reasonable.”
CRS said it wants legislation that "would allow more balanced commercial relationships between railways and shippers. This would include the right to a service agreement between a rail company and a customer, backed up by a dispute settlement mechanism."
“The Canadian fertilizer industry urges the government to immediately pass legislation that will ensure the railways negotiate commercial agreements with all of our member companies to ensure that our products move to market efficiently and on time as this helps increase our trade and ensure Canadian economic growth and it helps farmers ― our customers ― provide a quality food supply for all Canadians,” said Norm Beug, chairman of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. - Chris Dupin