With producers keeping a close eye on the Canadian Pacific (CP) railway, the company recently shared that during last month (October) it broke an all-time record for the shipment of grain, moving 2.64 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products. This broke the last record held for September 2017.
In a news release, CP states through 14 weeks of the 2018-19 crop year, the railway shipped more than 7.5 MMT of grain and grain products. Since harvest began in September, CP has averaged more than 5,500 empty railcars to country elevators each week, the company says.
“This accomplishment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our operating team and the power of our operating model,” says Joan Hardy, CP’s vice president sales and marketing within grain and fertilizer.
“This requires laser-sharp focus on the supply chain details, and close collaboration with customers, elevators and ports. Together, through hard work and open communication, the system has been operating with maximum velocity and fluidity.”
To prepare for winter, CP has started deploying resources and assets. It’s also already in the final stages of adding hundreds of new employees and additional remanufactured locomotives to meet the needs of customers across North America, it says.
In the month of October this year, CP also broke another record for biofuels shipped.