Canadian Pacific Railway moved more Canadian grain and grain products during the 2018-2019 crop year than any year in its history.
The Calgary-based company said the final tally for the crop year was 26.8 million metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products.
The crop year, Aug. 1 to July 31, saw 2.8 per cent more Canadian grain and grain products shipped from the prior record in the 2017-2018 season and 3.9 per cent more than the three-year average. In the past five years, CP has consistently shipped more grain each year, the company said in a news release.
“CP’s record performance and focus on innovation supports the entire grain supply chain in moving increased volume,” said Joan Hardy, CP Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Grain and Fertilizers. “This past crop year, the 13,000-strong CP family was there to ensure even more Canadian grain and grain products moved to port for export, and to other destinations for processing.
“CP works closely with its customers to bring North American commodities to market safely, reliably and efficiently. Tight coordination across the supply chain enables maximum efficiency even during challenging winter months.”
CP said it broke several all-time records during the 2018-2019 crop year, including:
- A record May for grain products, not including whole grains, both from a carload and a volume perspective;
- In April, achieved an all-time record month for Canadian grain and grain products, moving 2.643 MMT; and
- For the first time ever, recorded three consecutive months (Sept. – Nov. 2018) shipping 15,000-plus carloads of western Canadian grain and grain products to the Port of Vancouver.
“We continue to make record investments in our network, hire more running trades employees to operate trains, and modernize locomotives to meet the needs of our customers and the North American economy,” said Hardy. “CP has been moving grain for more than a century, and today more than ever, we are focused on driving the future of grain transportation for the benefit of the entire supply chain.”