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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 28


​Thunder Bay​Vancouver​Eastern Canada​Western Canada​​US Destinations​Total
​​Metric Tonnes​​​​
​​Week 28, February 5 - 111,980​272,819​38,0462,68763,111378,643
  • Shipments decreased 15% from the previous week. Shipments are down 7% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 5.9% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • Avalanches and other winter events created challenges in the mountain region, affecting CP's ability to move grain both east and west. These events are episodic in nature. Overall, the broader supply chain system continues to perform well
  •  Lower Mainland weather limited ability to ship to vessel, impacting terminal space at some port facilities
  • Port of Thunder Bay is currently operating at minimal levels due to seaway closure​
​Week 27, January 29 - February 4 15,971291,255​37,5611,77089,611436,168
  • Shipments decreased 3% from the previous week. Shipments are down 6% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 4.7 lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • As a result of operational changes implemented in conjunction with our customers, we continue to see improvements with pulling and spotting of traffic at the Port of Vancouver. Customers have also commented on the positive benefits of CP's operational changes
  • Port of Thunder Bay is currently operating at minimal levels due to seaway closure
  • A derailment (of a partner foreign railway) in the Lower Mainland impacted flow of traffic in and out of the port
  • Winter storms impacting ability of some terminals to ship to vessel
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to winter conditions
​Week 26, January 22 - 2810,602​281,250​67,6353,754​85,074​448,315
  • Shipments decreased 2% from the previous week. Shipments are down 6% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 1.6% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • As a result of operational changes implemented in conjunction with our customers, we continue to see improvements with pulling and spotting of traffic at the Port of Vancouver. Customers have also commented on the positive benefits of CP's operational changes
  • A barge in the Lower Mainland struck a bridge which temporarily impacted the flow of traffic in and out of the port
  • Port of Thunder Bay is currently operating at minimal levels due to seaway closure 
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to winter conditions​
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​CP’s Performance to 2013-14 Crop Year, including Week 28



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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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