CN Rail says October was its finest single month ever for grain motion in Western Canada.
The firm says it moved over 3.23 million metric tonnes from the Prairies, exceeding the earlier report set in October 2020 by 50 thousand metric tonnes.
“Really from the top of September by way of the third week of October, we’ve had a really constant grain program on CN, with grain cargo volumes properly in extra of 700 thousand tonnes per week…,” David Przednowek, CN’s assistant vice-president for grain, tells Agriculture. “Overall, you come out on the finish of October, and CN set a report finest for whole grain shipments in a single month, not simply finest October however finest month ever at over 3.23 million metric tons. And that tells you that, all issues thought-about, the availability chain up till very just lately has been performing very properly end-to-end.”
Weekly reporting by the Ag Transport Coalition (ATC) reveals CN has been supplying between 86 and 93 per cent of the vehicles ordered by grain corporations throughout weeks 10 by way of 12 of the grain transport calendar (accounting for Oct. 2 by way of Oct. 23 — the newest obtainable knowledge). The grain shipper coalition’s weekly stories present CN’s rival CP Rail’s hopper automotive order achievement has declined from 85 to 69 per cent over the identical interval in October.
Przednowek notes there have been some challenges within the final week of October.
“We’ve run into a few bumps alongside the street, particularly some terminal productiveness points on the West Coast coupled with the affect of heavy rain affecting terminal efficiency and never with the ability to load the vessel within the rain, which is inflicting issues to stack up a bit bit. And we’re working intently with prospects to regulate the pipeline to account for that,” he says.
More to come back, together with the complete interview with CN’s David Przednowek.