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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 38


​Thunder Bay​Vancouver​Eastern Canada​Western Canada​​US Destinations​Total
​​Metric Tonnes​​​​
​​​Week 38, April 16 - 22173,101
372,173
3,633
1,780
​72,356
​623,043
  • Week 38 was our best performing week, by volume, of the crop-year to date as shipments increased .5% from the previous record week.  Shipments are down 4.6% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 12.9% higher than last year's record-setting pace
  • In Week 38 a total of 623,043 MT were billed, a 42% year-over-year increase over Week 38 2016 
  • Port of Thunder Bay remains fluid as the volumes in the supply chain are increasing
  • Due to Easter Sunday statutory holiday closure at the Port of Vancouver, CP recorded zero unloads on April 16
​​Week 37, April 9 - 15170,608
​356,275
14,163
1,749
77,249
620,044
  • Shipments increased 17% 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% higher than last year's record-setting pace
  • Week 37 was our best performing week, by volume, of the crop-year to date
  • Port of Thunder Bay is fully operational and the supply chain was fluid for the week
  • Terminal space at some West Coast facilities is tightening due to rain, which could impact ability to ship to vessel 
​Week 36, April 2 - 8 154,765
292,799
​3,282
1,225
77,321
529,392
  • Shipments decreased 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 6% lower than last year's record-setting pace
​​​​ Previous weeks
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​CP’s Performance to 2013-14 Crop Year, including Week 38



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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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