Murray Hamilton, AVP Sales and Marketing, Grain, discusses some of our key accomplishments of the 2017-18 crop year as well as the opportunity the supply chain has to increase grain movements
Grain is CP’s largest line of business and CP has been serving the grain industry for over a century. CP is driving the next level of efficiency in the North American grain supply chain by providing products and services that are competitive and help our partners win in the market. We are focused on growing our grain business through industrial development projects and ongoing service enhancements.
CP's Dedicated Train Program (DTP) gives our customers greater visibility and control of their car supply to manage their supply chain.
With access to 12 major canola crush facilities representing 9 million metric tonnes (MMT) of capacity, CP is the top transportation provider for the growing oilseed processing industry in Canada. Our reach extends into the U.S. where we serve an additional 2 MMT of canola crush capacity in North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as soybean crush plants in Iowa.
Our broad network and interline partnerships allow us to provide unparalleled access to dairy and feed markets in California, the northeastern U.S. and the southern U.S. for canola meal, while our interline gateways in the Midwest provide outlets for canola oil to biodiesel facilities and food packaging plants across North America. In addition, about a quarter of the canola oil and a growing share of canola meal originating on our network moves on manifest service to CP-served facilities in Vancouver for export.
CP has access to approximately 1.3B gallons of ethanol on our network. We transport ethanol safely and reliably from major production areas in the Midwest U.S. to key consumer markets across the Northeast U.S. and Canada.
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Specialty crops are a growing international market and include lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas. With an expanding world population, pulse and specialty crops will become even more important as consumers become more nutritionally conscious. For the 2016-17 crop year, specialty crops production in Canada was forecasted to be nearly 9 million metric tonnes, a 37% increase over the previous crop year.
Most of CP's specialty crop volumes are for export - more than 80% move through Vancouver and the rest via Montreal, Thunder Bay, the Pacific Northwest and southern U.S. gateways. We move specialty crops in a variety of ways - intermodal containers, boxcars and covered hoppers.
From our 2017/18 Grain Products & Services guide, our Grain Car Request programs, Canadian and U.S. grain terminal and elevator locations and capacities, to damage prevention and loading guidelines, get the information you need to get your grain moving.