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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 33


​Thunder Bay​Vancouver​Eastern Canada​Western Canada​​US Destinations​Total
​​Metric Tonnes​​​​
​Week 33, March 12 - 18 39,353
287,804
​46,514
6,465
74,369
454,505
  • Shipments increased 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 8% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • A lengthy outage (of a partner foreign railway) negatively impacted supply chain
  • 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
​​​Week 32, March 5 - 1112,024
310,444 ​​40,720
11,098
​70,596
​444,882
  • 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% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • Rain at Vancouver limited shipping at some export facilities at the Port of Vancouver impacting the ability of some facilities to unload railcars
  • A significant winter storm in Manitoba and South Eastern Saskatchewan impacted operations.
  • 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
​​Week 31, February 26 - March 452,813​290,438​40,4562,06070,613456,380
  • Shipments increased 5% 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 5% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • Port of Thunder Bay is currently operating at minimal levels due to seaway closure 
  • Lower Mainland weather limited ability to ship to vessel, impacting terminal space at some port facilities
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to winter conditions
​​​​ Previous weeks
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​CP’s Performance to 2013-14 Crop Year, including Week 33



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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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