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Grain Performance - 2016-17 crop year

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CP is well-positioned and ready to move this year’s western Canadian grain crop, which is forecast to be significantly bigger than the five-year average. CP is calling on all supply chain partners to work collaboratively to continue moving record amounts of grain, as CP did during 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 crop-years.

CP has also sent a letter to the federal ministers of transportation and agriculture outlining preparation for the crop year and calling for supply chain collaboration.

Read the letter h​ere

Working in close collaboration with Canadian government officials, CP has been developing a system that will allow for open and transparent sharing of information to government on its grain movements. In addition to the information being shared with Transport Canada, CP is voluntarily launching a weekly supply chain scorecard. The scorecard outlines CP's performance for the previous grain week and includes, when necessary, detailed information on any internal or external factors affecting grain movement. The scorecard includes movements of Western Canadian grain and grain products consistent with those required by the minimum mandate legislation of 2013-14, as well as movements of soybeans and other non-regulated principal field crops.

Supply Chain Scorecard for Week 23


​Thunder Bay​Vancouver​Eastern Canada​Western Canada​​US Destinations​Total
​​Metric Tonnes​​​​
​Week 23, January 1 - 7​20,296​276,764​4,423​1,448​80,482​​383,413
  • ​Shipments decreased 11% from the previous week.  Reduced loadings were the direct result of holiday terminal closures
  • On New Year's Day no export facilities were available for unloading after working reduced shifts on December 31. On January 2 a number of export facilities continued to be closed or had reduced work schedules from normal operations
  • Country shipping was also reduced during this timeframe
  • Shipments are down 7% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 2.3% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • CP continues to work with its supply chain partners to improve the pulling and spotting of cars in West Coast terminals
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to weather conditions across the network
Week 22, December 25 - 31​68,419​247,950​48,132​1,213​64,751​430,465
  • ​Shipments decreased 15% from the previous week, due to slower loading over the holiday week
  • The reduction in shipments was not related to a lack of car supply. In fact, in Week 21 and 22, CP placed a record number of empty cars (14% more than the same period in 2015 – the previous record)
  • Between December 24 and January 2, due to holiday closures, West Coast terminals reduced shifts by an average of 38% versus normal operations. In Thunder Bay, terminals reduced the number of shifts by 50% versus normal operations.  In total, 89 fewer shifts were worked at the export terminals over this holiday period
  • Holiday closures at country loading facilities reduced country loadings during this timeframe
  • Shipments are down 7% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier, due in part to the weather-delayed late harvest as well as the recent plunge in temperatures across the prairies. The four-week rolling average was 9.4% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to weather conditions across the network
​Week 21, December 18 - 24 ​114,711​291,035​26,3101,57574,453​508,084
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  • Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments increased 10% from the preceding week
  • Shipments are down 7% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier, due in part to the weather-delayed late harvest as well as the recent plunge in temperatures across the prairies. The four-week rolling average was 10.5% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to weather conditions across the network
  • CP's country loadings continue to align closely with operating plan while we work to improve pulling and spotting of traffic at the Port of Vancouver
  • Port grain terminals started to work reduced shifts for the holiday season reducing unloads and slowing the flow of traffic from the prairies​
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​CP’s Performance to 2013-14 Crop Year, including Week 23​



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  • In the 2013/14 crop year, CP moved 16% more carloads of grain than the previous record set in 2008/09
  • In 2014/15 crop year CP set a new record for grain movement
  • 2015/16 crop year was flat vs crop year 2014/15 
  • Weak demand to begin 2016/17 crop year, strong performance beginning Week 7

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