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Grain Performance for 2017 -18 crop year

Working in close collaboration with Canadian government officials, CP has developed a system that allows for open and transparent sharing of information to government on its grain movements. 

In addition to the information being shared with Transport Canada, CP voluntarily publishes 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 11

​Thunder Bay​Vancouver​Eastern Canada​Western Canada​​US Destinations​Total
​​Metric Tonnes​​​​
​​Week 11, October 8 - October 1488,171
  • Grain continues to move at historically high levels, even as volumes are down from their recent record pace. We remain relatively current on demand for loading in the country
  • Some port terminals at the Port of Vancouver are continuing to operate with tight space caused by recent vessel delays which has reduced unload capability causing some trains to be held at origin
  • Demand for movement to the west coast continues to increase from territory further east from the port increasing length of haul
  • Overall shipments decreased by 14% from the previous week
  • Shipment variance is 5% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 1%  higher vs. last year
​​Week 10, October 1 - October 7105,567
  • Volumes remain very strong as the harvest nears completion, even as they are down from the prior week's historic pace
  • While Week 10 shipments decreased by 20% from the previous week, shipments were still 6% higher than the same week in 2016, and at 610,825 metric tonnes, represented the third-strongest week crop-year to date
  • Factors that affected volumes in Week 10 include a CP track outage due to a derailment in western Saskatchewan (no injuries/public safety issues), as well as tight terminal space in Vancouver
  • Shipment variance is 7% higher crop-year-to-date compared with the same period last year
  • The rolling four-week average is 9% higher versus last year
​​Week 9, September 24 - September 30171,516
  • Working closely with our customers, CP loaded more grain cars during the month of September than any month in our history. This is an accomplishment that everyone in the supply chain should be proud of
  • Week 9 was the best week on record, since CP began tracking Western Canadian grain and grain product weekly tonnages after the 2013-14 crop-year
  • Cool, wet weather has slowed the harvest in some parts of the Prairies
  • Some terminal delays at loading and unloading points have occurred in the past week, specifically on the West Coast
  • Shipments Increased by 31% from the previous week   
  • Shipment variance is 7% higher crop-year-to-date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 10% higher versus last year 
​​​​ Previous weeks

​CP’s Performance to 2013-14 Crop Year, including Week 11

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