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​From dedicated trains to dedicated people, CP is focused on moving grain to market and has been for more than 130 years.

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.

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 Dedicated Train Program Zone

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CP's Dedicated Train Program (DTP) gives our customers greater visibility and control of their car supply to manage their supply chain. 

  • First introduced in 2014, more than 75% of CP's grain business now uses the DTP
  • CP’s dedicated train program responds to dynamic market conditions, enabling customers to ensure they have the necessary capacity to ship their products to market
  • Customers control their own train assets for a period of 12 months
  • Customers use the DTP capacity they need when they need it and trains can be used in Canada and the U.S.
  • The DTP is available to all customers, large or small. Customers can sign up for dedicated trains through one of five auction programs that will be offered over the course of 2017/18
  • Customers who do not qualify for the DTP, or choose not to sign up for the program, can order cars in the Open Distribution program. Open distribution allows shippers to input orders for four weeks, and as orders are filled, new orders can be placed

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  • Strategically positioned through the heart of the grain producing regions in both Canada and the U.S.
  • Direct access and efficient routes from elevators to terminals at major ports of export
  • High density network of grain elevators, with 191 across the U.S. Midwest and 163 elevators across the Canadian prairies
  • CP is working to expand our entire grain network to include 8500-foot power-on capabilities
 
  • 79 high-throughput elevators capable of loading 100+ car unit trains in less than 24 hours
  • 14 new high-throughput grain elevators being built or recently completed and 60+ potential expansions
  • Over the past few years CP has invested record amounts of private sector capital into capacity-building improvements to meet the expanding needs of our grain customers



 Production facilities

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​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. 

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​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.


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**Supply Chain** performance**Supply Chain** performanceFor the 2016-17 crop-year, CP’s grain movements were consistent with the 2015-16 crop-year and 2 percent above our five-year average./ResponsiveImages/fact-icons/graph.png/en/customer-resources/grain
**Our future** – 8500-foot trains**Our future** – 8500-foot trainsGreater supply chain capacity and efficiency through infrastructure investment and collaboration with our strategic partners./ResponsiveImages/fact-icons/locomotive.png/en/our-markets/grain/supply-chain-capacity-and-efficiency
2017-2018 **Grain service offering**2017-2018 **Grain service offering**CP is well positioned to provide best-in-class service to western Canadian grain shippers during the 2017-2018 crop-year/ResponsiveImages/fact-icons/pie-chart.png/en/customer-resources/shipping-guides/grain

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Keith Creel on CP’s grain franchise and the competitive low-cost advantage

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John Brooks, CP's Chief Marketing Officer, discusses supply chain capacity and efficiency with some of our strategic partners

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