CN published its 2020-2021 Grain Plan, announcing that it set a new record by moving over 30 million metric tonnes (MMT) of grain from across Canada during the 2019-2020 crop year. CN also announced that it is prepared to move up to 7,600 bulk and processed hopper cars per week outside of winter, and up to 6,100 per week during winter in the upcoming crop year. During the 2019-2020 crop year, over 28.2 MMT of grain moved from Western Canada as well as over 1.1 MMT moved through intermodal containers.
JJ Ruest, CN’s Chief Executive stated that “Although we achieved our best grain movement volumes in 2019–2020, we are far from complacent. We remain committed to continue making capacity-enhancing investments to our network and to upgrade our rolling stock, including the purchase of 1,500 additional railcars manufactured in North America in 2020-2021. With all those, we are on our way to reach continuously improved performances. These investments benefit our grain customers as well as all those from the other sectors we serve. CN recognizes that the Grain Plan has been a helpful initiative to increase supply chain performance and keep everyone focused on moving annual crops.”
Alanna Koch, Chair of the CN Agricultural Advisory Council commented that “Over the last year, the CN Agricultural Advisory Council has been providing CN with insight and feedback from the Ag community. Our input has improved CN’s understanding of the issues that matter to farmers and has helped to contribute to better service. The challenges faced this year demonstrated how essential transportation is and how having a collaborative and resilient supply chain can keep goods moving.”
The annual Grain Plan is prepared through an extensive consultation process and with the input of key stakeholders through an open invitation on the Company’s website. The plan reviews CN’s performance during the last crop year, assesses its ability to move anticipated levels of grain during the upcoming crop year, and explains specific steps that CN is taking to ensure it has the necessary capacity to move the grain safely and efficiently.