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Grain performance

​​2019 - 2020 crop year


​Thunder ​Bay​Vancouver​Eastern Canada​Western Canada​​US Destinations​Total
​​Metric Tonnes​​​​
​​Week 12, October 20 - October 26161,661
301,934
8,701
3,442
84,650
560,388
  • CP moved 560,388 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 12.
  • CP has been experiencing port terminal throughput challenges in the Port of Vancouver, which has impacted overall fluidity.
  • With winter quickly approaching, CP encourages all customers to read the Customer Safety Handbook for an overview of best practices at customer facilities during winter weather conditions.
​​Week 11, October 13 - October 19137,852
331,218
5,835
2,000
101,920
578,825
  • CP moved 578,825 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 11.
  • CP is starting to see momentum with grain deliveries coming into the system. There continues to be latent capacity in the country available for loading.
  • West Coast terminal operators have experienced rain-related delays in loading vessels.
​​Week 10, October 6 - October 12180,347
348,446
9,389
4,373
81,359
623,915
  • CP moved 623,915 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 10.
  • This is a marked improvement from tonnes moved in previous weeks.  Total volume is still behind the average expected for this time of the crop year.
  • Severe winter weather across Manitoba created challenges for the supply chain due to significant power outages across much of the southern portion of the province.
  • CP encourages all customers to read the Customer Safety Handbook for an overview of best practices at customer facilities during winter weather conditions.
​​Week 9, September 29 - October 5179,462
257,459
14,921
16,056
62,547
530,445
  • CP moved 530,445 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 9.
  • CP continues to efficiently manage surplus grain transportation capacity related to lower than expected demand.
  • With winter quickly approaching, CP encourages all customers to read our Customer Safety Handbook for an overview of best practices at customer facilities during winter weather conditions.
​​Week 8, September 22 - September 28105,962
318,399
8,949
9,156
104,043
546,509
  • CP moved 546,509 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 8.
  • Recent snow and rain across the Prairies continues to delay harvest.
  • CP has seen a minor increase in demand for grain transportation service, but demand for available capacity continues to lag behind expectations.
  • CP has published its 2019-2020 winter plan. Click here to read how CP plans to respond to adverse winter conditions.
​​Week 7, September 15 - September 21133,091
299,214
7,346
7,262
83,738
530,651
  • CP moved 530,561 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 7.
  • Wet weather continues to impede the harvest across the Prairies, leaving farmers well behind historical averages for this time.
  • CP will continue to work closely with customers and the supply chain to minimize lost shipping capacity due to harvest delays.
​​Week 6, September 8 - September 14131,644
296,704
15,616
4,083
100,103
548,150
  • CP moved 548,150 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 6.
  • Widespread rainfall continues to delay the 2019 harvest across the Prairies. Progress so far remains well behind historical averages. Forecasts call for a drier air mass across the region over the next week, and CP is optimistic that this will create rising demand for shipments.
  • CP has approximately 2,000 empties positioned in the country available for customer loading. CP will continue to work closely with customers and the supply chain as harvest progresses.
  • Read Murray Hamilton's September update.
​​Week 5, September 1 - September 785,551
250,519
16,933
1,202
79,526
433,731
  • CP shipped 433,731 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 5.
  • Widespread fall rains continue to delay the 2019 harvest across the Prairies. Progress so far remains well behind historical averages.
  • CP is concerned over the loss of grain shipping capacity with the lack of demand for grain shipments seen during these warm months before more challenging operating conditions develop in winter.
  • CP has staged more than 1,400 grain hoppers at CP-served elevators across the West to prepare for peak fall demand. CP will continue to work closely with customers and the supply chain as the harvest progresses.
​​Week 4, August 25 - August 31 129,700
327,100
22,355
2,490
67,343
548,988
  • CP shipped 548,988 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 4, a 24% increase from Week 3.
  • This year's harvest is considerably later than the historical average due to ongoing wet weather. 
  • CP has resources in place and will continue to work closely with customers and the supply chain as harvest gets underway.
​​Week 3, August 18 - August 2489,293
256,973
4,655
3,333
89,283
443,537
  • CP shipped 443,537 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 3.
  • CPs network is fluid and prepared to ship the upcoming harvest. 
​​Week 2, August 11 - August 1782,138
324,430
2,872
1,907
52,778
464,125
  • CP shipped 464,125 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 2.
  • CP has resources in place and will continue to work closely with customers and the supply chain as harvest gets underway.
​​Week 1, August 4 - August 10107,620
242,368
12,595
2,119
46,315
411,017
  • CP shipped 411,017 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products during the first week of the 2019-2020 crop shipping season.
  • Due to the cyclical nature of the grain shipping season, volumes were soft during Week 1, which is typical. Volumes were also lower due to holiday weekend closures (Aug. 5).
  • Early demand indications from our customers suggests CP will be busy moving grain at harvest.
  • With crews, locomotives and railcars in place, CP is ready to ship the upcoming crop. Approximately 1,500 new high-capacity hopper cars are now part of the fleet.
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​​2018 - 2019 crop year


​Thunder ​Bay​Vancouver​Eastern Canada​Western Canada​​US Destinations​Total
​​Metric Tonnes​​​​
​​Week 53, July 28 - August 3118,211
259,850
9,776
2,572
84,454
474,863
  • CP shipped 474,863 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 53, July 28-Aug 3.
  • CP is prepared for the busy harvest period and will strategically position resources as required.
  • On August 1, CP marked the end of a record 2018-2019 crop year
  • CP has also submitted its 2019 - 2020 Grain Service Outlook Report to Minister of Transport Marc Garneau.
​​Week 52, July 21 - July 27107,378
245,232
5,641
2,764
61,233
422,248
  • On Aug. 1, CP marked the end of a record 2018-'19 crop year.
  • CP has also submitted its 2019 - 20 Grain Service Outlook Report to Minister of Transport Marc Garneau.
  • CP shipped 422,000 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 52.
​​Week 51, July 14 - July 20142,039
287,008
6,782
2,784
88,617
527,230
  • CP shipped 527,230 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 51. Overall grain shipping volume is up approximately 3.4% over last year.
  • CP will continue to manage resources in line with customer demand.
  • Annual Vancouver port terminal maintenance is occurring. CP expects reduced overall supply chain unload capacity during this time.
​​Week 50, July 7 - July 13159,766
238,766
9,936
4,750
70,760
483,978
  • CP shipped 483,978 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 50. Overall grain shipping volume is up approximately 3.1% over last year.
  • Volume continues to slow as the crop year comes to an end. CP will continue to manage resources in line with customer demand.
  • Annual Vancouver port terminal maintenance is occurring. CP expects reduced overall supply chain unload capacity during this time.
​​Week 49, June 30 - July 643,110
250,566
6,997
4,106
54,545
359,324
  • CP shipped more than 359,000 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 49. Overall grain shipping volume is up approximately 3.3% over last year.
  • Volumes were impacted by the Canada Day closure at some customer facilities and ports.
  • Volume continues to slow as the crop year comes to an end. CP will continue to manage resources in line with customer demand.
​​Week 48, June 23 - 29103,629
285,273
10,041
4,906
106,192
510,041
  • CP shipped more than 510,000 metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in Week 48. Overall grain shipping volume is up approximately 3.5% over last year.
  • CP has moved more than 24.8 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products since the start of the 2018-2019 crop year, including 2.23 MMT in June.
  • The annual planned Vancouver port terminal maintenance shutdown period has begun. CP expects reduced overall supply chain unload capacity during this time.
  • Volume continues to slow as the crop year comes to an end. CP will continue to manage resources in line with customer demand.
​​Week 47, June 16 - 22143,640
275,826
15,691
1,206
71,376
507,739
  • CP shipped more than 507,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 47. Overall grain shipping volume is up 3.4% over last year.
  • Volume continues to slow as the crop year comes to an end. CP will continue to manage our resources in line with customer demand. 
​​Week 46, June 9 - 15118,228
299,280
7,730
5,772
87,816
518,826
  • CP shipped more than 518,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 46. Overall grain shipping volume is up 3.6% over last year.
  • Volume is beginning to slow as the crop year comes to an end. CP will continue to manage our resources in line with customer demand.
  • CP has taken delivery of more than 1,100 new high capacity hopper cars to date.
  • Read Murray Hamilton’s June update. 

​​Week 45, June 2 - 8151,045
333,152
15,192
960
84,367
585,436
  • CP shipped more than 585,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 45. Overall grain shipping volume is up 3.8% over last year.
  • CP's grain movement has remained robust even as we close in on the last 60 days of the crop year, but our customers have signalled a softening in demand.
  • CP will continue to efficiently manage our resources as the end of the crop year approaches.
  • We expect the annual port terminal maintenance shutdown period in July to reduce overall supply chain unload capacity.
​​Week 44, May 26 - June 1114,973
384,575
13,585
5,776
103,501
622,410
  • CP shipped 622,410 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 44. Overall grain shipping volume is up 3.4% over last year.
  • As of the end of May 2019, CP has moved 22.5 million metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products since the start of the 2018-2019 crop year. Read more here.
  • Now that seeding is largely complete across the prairies, CP expects to see demand for railcars increase.
  • CP is well-positioned to continue to deliver for the grain supply chain.
​​Week 43, May 19 - 2574,561
255,451
4,240
4,935
109,109
448,296
  • CP shipped 448,296 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 43.
  • Overall grain shipping volume is up 2.6% year-over-year.
  • Seeding for the 2019/20 crop season is near completion.
  • CP continues to efficiently manage railcar resources in line with reduced demand.
  • CP has taken delivery of 1,000 new high-efficiency hopper cars from National Steel Car. CP will have 1,900 of these cars by the end of 2019. 
​​Week 42, May 12 - 18139,320
300,641
11,862
6,745
61,549
520,117
  • CP shipped 520,117 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 42.
  • Overall grain shipping volume is up 2.7% year-over-year.
  • CP is efficiently managing rail car resources in line with reduced demand as farmers are now in the fields seeding.  
  • As the supply chain moves into the last weeks of the 2018/19 crop season, CP expects to see demand soften further.
​​Week 41, May 5 - 11121,696
362,047
12,211
3,958
74,723
574,635
  • CP shipped 574,635 MT of grain and grain products in Week 41.
  • Overall grain shipping volume is up 2.5% year-over-year.
  • CP is well-positioned to continue to deliver for the grain supply chain.
  • As farmers begin seeding and the supply chain moves into the last weeks of the 2018/19 crop season, CP expects to see demand soften.
​​Week 40, Apr 28 - May 4150,847
339,835
11,253
5,712
58,221
565,868
  • April was an all-time record month for Canadian grain and grain products. CP moved a best-ever 2.643 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products this past month, bettering the previous record from October 2018. Read more here.
  • CP shipped more than 565,000 MT of grain and grain products in Week 40.
  • Overall grain shipping volume is up 2.7% year-over-year.
  • CP expects to see demand soften in coming weeks as farmers begin seeding.
  • CP continues to monitor conditions across the property for potential flood activity. 
​​Week 39, Apr 21 - 27 156,512
375,337
4,437
3,896
109,964
650,146
  • CP shipped 650,146 MT of grain and grain products in Week 39, nearly 21% more than Week 38 and a record weekly high for the 2018/19 crop year.
  • This is the fourth time in the 2018/19 crop year that the railway has shipped more than 600,000 MT of grain and grain products.
  • Overall grain shipping volume is up 3.1% year-over-year.
  • CP is monitoring the Mississippi River flooding, which crested for a second time in Davenport on April 29. Due to this, the Davenport subdivision is currently out of service between Davenport and Camanche, Iowa.  
  • CP continues to monitor flood conditions in Manitoba's Red River Valley, although no impact to operations is expected.
  • CP is also monitoring flooding on the Ottawa River coming in to the Montreal area. No outage is expected. 
​​Week 38, Apr 14 - 20141,107
306,363
4,498
702
85,359
538,029
  • CP moved 538,029 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 38, 8.8% less than Week 37 in part due to Good Friday (April 19) and Easter Sunday (April 21) closures at some customer facilities and ports.
  • CP lost some unloading productivity in the supply chain in Week 38, with trains staging in the country related to the Easter long weekend closures.
  • Overall grain shipping volume is up 2.3% year-over-year.
  • While CP Engineering teams are in the field and closely watching the potential for flooding on the Red River in Manitoba, threatening flood conditions were not realized and the expected crest has been pushed to April 25. Go to the Manitoba Flood Watch site for more information.
  • CP is monitoring the Mississippi River flooding as it's expected to crest at Davenport for a second time on April 28. CP is also monitoring flooding on the Ottawa River coming in to the Montreal area. 
​​Week 37, Apr 7 - Apr 13112,284
345,059
28,004
3,207
101,176
589,730
  • CP's network is running well and has fully recovered from previous disruptions. CP moved more than 589,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 37, 1.5% more than Week 36.
  • Overall grain shipping volume is up 2.2% year-over-year.
  • CP Engineering teams are in the field and closely watching the potential for flooding on the Red River in Manitoba. The Manitoba government estimates the peak at Emerson to occur between April 20 and 22. Go to the Manitoba Flood Watch site for more information.
  • Due to Good Friday (April 19) and Easter Sunday (April 21) closures at customer facilities and ports, CP expects some slowdown in the supply chain to appear next week.
  • Read Murray Hamilton's April update for more on the past winter, flood preparation and looking ahead. 
​​Week 36, Mar 31 - Apr 6 64,739
393,467
28,331
12,673
81,796
581,006
  • The CP network continues to gain momentum following recovery from a challenging winter. CP delivered 581,000 metric tonnes of grain in Week 36, a 10% rise over the previous week.
  • Grain tonnage moved is now 1.7% higher than last year at this time.
  • Thunder Bay volumes continued to grow in Week 36 to their highest levels since the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, to 64,000 metric tonnes.
  • CP looks forward to continuing to build on the current momentum in service to grain shippers.
  • CP Engineering forces are in the field and closely watching the potential for flooding on the Red River in Manitoba. Flooding could impact shipments traveling over routes south of Winnipeg in coming weeks.
  • On April 2, CP honoured South West Terminal in Saskatchewan as our first Elevator of the Year. This award was presented to the grain elevator that achieved high volumes from a single loading point and consistently demonstrated efficient railcar loading and a strong commitment to safety. Congratulations to our friends at South West Terminal! 
​​Week 35, Mar 24 - Mar 3047,364
337,858
28,342
3,450
110,731
527,745
  • CP shipped 527,745 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 35, a 17% increase from Week 34.
  • Overall volume is up nearly 1.1% year-over-year.
  • CP's network has recovered from previous interruptions and has strong momentum going into April.
  • The Port of Thunder Bay, an important export outlet for Canadian grain, is now open. 
  • Flooding is occurring along the Mississippi River in Clinton and Davenport, Iowa. CP is actively monitoring and preparing for flooding conditions along the Red River Valley through Minnesota, North Dakota and Manitoba.
​​Week 34, Mar 17 - Mar 2348,077
301,429
12,443
1,151
77,267
440,367
  • CP shipped 440,367 metric tonnes of grain and grain products in Week 34, a 5% increase from Week 33.
  • Overall volume is up nearly 1% year-over-year.
  • CP anticipates a significant rise in shipments in the coming weeks as the network is fully restored.
  • CP looks forward to the Port of Thunder Bay reopening imminently from its seasonal closure. This will provide CP another port outlet for shipping grain products. 
​​Week 33, Mar 10 - Mar 16 29,287
250,061
44,609
5,009
89,359
418,325
  • In Week 33, CP shipped 418,325 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, an increase of 22% from Week 32.
  • Overall volume is up 1.3% year-over-year.
  • CP is now current with launches both east and west.
  • CP anticipates a significant rise in shipments in the coming weeks as the network is fully restored.
  • The four-week rolling average is flat compared to a year ago. 
​​Week 32, Mar 3 - Mar 911,565
223,942
28,863
632
77,111
342,113
  • In Week 32, CP shipped 342,113 metric tonnes of grain and grain products.
  • CP faced challenging weather conditions and outages on CP's network.
  • Temperatures have moderated across the Prairies, which will have a positive impact on the supply chain.
  • The four-week rolling average is 3% lower than a year ago. Overall volume is up 1.5% year-over-year.
​​Week 31, Feb 24 - Mar 210,908
321,656
24,674
4,031
126,383
487,652
  • In Week 31, CP shipped 487,652 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, nearly 100,000 MT (25.7%) more than Week 30.
  • CP's shipment of grain and grain products is improving, and overall volume is up 2.5% year-over-year.
  • Prolonged extreme-cold weather across much of CP's service area continues to be a challenge, but the supply chain remains productive.
  • The weather forecast appears to be moderating across western Canada over the next 14 days which will have a positive impact on the supply chain.
  • The four-week rolling average is 2% lower than a year ago.
​​Week 30, Feb 17 - Feb 230
248,891
36,579
1,263
101,213
387,946
  • In Week 30, CP shipped 387,946 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, 5.5% more than Week 29.
  • CP's shipment of grain and grain products is improving, and overall volume is up 2% year-over-year.
  • Extremely cold weather across much of CP's service area continues to be a challenge, but the supply chain remains productive.
  • Extremely cold temperatures (-25 Celsius and colder) reduce capacity, as train lengths must be shortened and train speeds slowed. CP plans for winter operations through robust contingency plans and by placing resources and equipment in strategic locations. Read more about CP's winter contingency plan here
​​Week 29, Feb 10 - Feb 169,208
228,606
35,414
4,716
89,767
367,711
  • In Week 29, CP shipped more than 367,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, almost 15% more than Week 28.
  • CP's shipment of grain and grain products is improving and overall volume is up 1.7% year-over-year.
  • The extreme-cold weather continues to be a challenge, but the supply chain remains productive.
  • See CP's Customer Safety Handbook for an overview on best practices at customer facilities during winter weather conditions.
​​Week 28, Feb 3 - Feb 90
217,750
41,551
3,658
57,078
320,037
  • CP continues to recover from a difficult Week 28, which included a lengthy mainline outage and extreme cold-weather challenges.  
  • CP has resources in place and is working to recover the network as weather improves.
  • February 12 is Agriculture Day in Canada. Read Joan Hardy's statement here.
​​Week 27, Jan 27 - Feb 20
386,370
28,583
4,097
79,777
498,827
  • CP delivered 498,827 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, an increase of 5.6% from Week 26.
  • Empty order fulfillment exceeded CP's commitment for winter operations with Port of Thunder Bay's seasonal closure.
  • CP will continue to work with the supply chain to maintain fluidity and reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The four-week rolling average is 17% higher over a year ago, while overall volume is up 3.3% year over year.
​​Week 26, Jan 20 - Jan 262,433
332,535
20,904
1,314
115,012
472,198
  • CP delivered more than 470,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products.
  • CP has shipped more than 13.8 million metric tonnes (MMT) this grain shipping season, an increase of 3.2% from last year.
  • Empty order fulfillment exceeded CP's commitment for winter operations with Port of Thunder Bay's seasonal closure.
  • CP reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The four-week rolling average is 14% higher over a year ago.
​​Week 25, Jan 13 - Jan 1949,829
341,377
30,404
2,847
93,076
517,533
  • CP delivered more than 500,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, an increase of 14.1% from Week 24.
  • Empty order fulfillment exceeded CP's commitment for winter operations, with Port of Thunder Bay seasonal closure.
  • Some Vancouver terminals are tight on space awaiting vessel arrivals, which will delay unloads this week.
  • CP reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The four-week rolling average is 13% higher over a year ago, while overall volume is up 2.6% year over year.
​​Week 24, Jan 6 - 1243,468
276,110
15,213
3,920
114,727
453,438
  • CP delivered more than 450,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, an increase of 16.35% from Week 23.
  • CP has recovered strongly from recent network outages and supply-chain disruptions. Our network throughput (GTMs) during Week 23 was an all-time high for January, and all backlog has been cleared. 
  • CP's shipments will primarily flow to Vancouver for the next six to eight weeks due to seasonal closure at the Port of Thunder Bay.
  • CP reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The four-week rolling average is 6% higher over a year ago, while overall volume is up 1.9% year over year.
​​Week 23, Dec 30 - Jan 523,630
251,282
35,421
1,612
77,708
389,653
  • CP delivered less than 390,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, flat from Week 22.
  • Supply chain disruptions, including CP system outages, holiday port terminal closures and rain in Vancouver impacted volumes.
  • With the Port of Thunder Bay seasonal closure, CP now targets spotting 4,000 empty cars weekly.
  • CP reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The four-week rolling average is 2% higher over a year ago, while overall volume is up 1.5% year over year.
​​Week 22, Dec 23 - Dec 2976,235
229,540
14,252
851
69,883
390,761
  • CP delivered less than 400,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, down one-third from Week 21.
  • Port terminal closures on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day impacted volumes.
  • Congestion issues on the CN continue to impact CP performance to Vancouver's North Shore and via the New Westminster interchange. CP's pipeline to the South Shore remains fluid.
  • CP reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The four-week rolling average is 4% higher over a year ago, while overall volume is up 1.7% year over year.
​​Week 21, Dec 16 - 22116,755
320,316
15,759
1,231
130,391
584,452
  • CP delivered more than 584,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, down 1.8% from Week 20.
  • Congestion issues on the CN continue to impact CP performance to Vancouver’s North Shore and via the New Westminster interchange. CP’s pipeline to the South Shore is fluid.
  • CP continues to work closely with CN, including blocking for the CN to simplify last mile operations, to help ease congestion and expedite recovery.  To further support recovery, CP will continue to use embargos and permits to help manage pipelines into congested consignees. 
  • Volumes will taper off in Week 21 for the holidays, as port terminals shut down for a portion of Christmas Eve, and all of Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
  • CP’s network is in excellent condition going into the holiday period and is well positioned to move tonnage upon startup.
  • The four-week rolling average is 3% higher over a year ago, while overall volume is up 1.3% year over year.
​​Week 20, Dec 9 - Dec 15175,787
335,743
6,712
1,050
75,937
595,229
  • CP delivered more than 595,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, up 2.35% over week 19.
  • CP continues to be impacted by congestion on the CN, for shipments to Vancouver’s North Shore and via the New Westminster interchange. CP continues to work closely with CN, including blocking for the CN to simplify last mile operations, to help ease congestion and expedite recovery. 
  • CP continues to embargo certain consignees due to this congestion in Vancouver. The situation has improved since last week and CP will adjust the embargo as it’s able. 
  • CP’s pipeline to the South Shore is fluid. 
  • CP again reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • Rain this week is slowing unloads at some terminals where space is limited due to the restrictions on vessel loading in the rain. 
  • The four-week rolling average is 5% higher over a year ago, while overall volume is up 1.6% year over year.
​​Week 19, Dec 2 - Dec 8159,683
326,954
6,330
2,320
86,225
581,512
  • CP delivered more than 580,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, up 0.7% over week 18.
  • CP had its largest unload week in Vancouver in history, exceeding the previous record significantly.
  • CP continues to be impacted by congestion on Vancouver's North Shore and at the New Westminster interchange. Due to this congestion, CP has embargoed certain consignees. CP is working closely with CN to minimize impacts to our customers and expedite their recovery.
  • CP again reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The four-week rolling average rose 12% over a year ago, while overall volume is up 1.6% year over year.
​​Week 18, Nov 25 - Dec 1135,789
385,260
3,621
1,487
51,292
577,449
  • CP delivered 577,449 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, a 4% decrease over Week 17.
  • CP continues to monitor vessel loading in Vancouver. Severe rain at the end of the month caused some congestion in the grain pipeline in this grain week. CP looks forward to a long-term solution to this ongoing issue.
  • CP again reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The four-week rolling average climbed 10% over a year ago, while overall volume is up 1.6% year over year. 
​​Week 17, Nov 18 - Nov 24153,691
321,035
3,705
1,717
123,131
603,279
  • Shipments rose 1.8% over Week 16 to 603,000 metric tonnes, the third-best week of the crop-year. CP exceeded its target of 5,500 cars spotted to country elevators in Week 17.
  • CP is concerned that rain in the Vancouver area continues to hamper vessel loading, and may negatively impact grain pipelines in the coming week. CP looks forward to a long-term solution to this ongoing issue.
  • CP again reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The four-week rolling average stands 7% higher than a year ago, while overall volume is up 1% year over year. 
​​Week 16, Nov 11 - Nov 1799,578
395,966
12,160
2,264
82,385
592,353
  • CP delivered 592,353 metric tonnes of grain and grain products, up 6.7 % from week 15.
  • Demand continues to be heavily weighted to Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Alberta demand is lower than average.
  • CP continues to observe congestion in some customer pipelines resulting in longer cycle times. CP is working with customers to resolve the issues and to keep railcars moving. CP again reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • Overall year-to-date volume is up 0.7% from last crop-year, and the rolling four-week average is up 7%.
​​Week 15, Nov 4 - Nov 10112,062
364,404
4,954
1,297
72,204
554,921
  • Demand continues to show strength, especially in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. CP delivered 554,921 metric tonnes of grain last week, down 6% from week 14.
  • CP continues to observe congestion in some customer pipelines. CP is working with customers to resolve the issues and to keep railcars moving. CP again reiterates the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • The rolling four-week average is 1.4% higher than a year earlier, while overall tonnage moved is down .8%. 
​​Week 14, Oct 28 - Nov 3151,377
355,954
5,114
2,540
73,431
588,416
  • CP broke all-time records in October for the monthly shipment of grain, moving 2.64 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products. Through 14 weeks of the 2018-19 crop year, CP shipped more than 7.5 MMT of grain and grain products.
  • CP delivered more than 580,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products to destination, up 2.65% from week 13.
  • Consistent with CP's message from previous weeks, there continues to be congestion in some customer pipelines. CP is working with customers to resolve the issues and to keep CP railcars moving. CP continues to reiterate the need for 24/7 operations throughout the entire supply chain to mitigate congestion.
  • Overall year-to-date volume is down 0.5% from last crop-year, and the rolling four-week average is up 14%.
​​Week 13, Oct 21 - Oct 27135,458
345,685
23,099
5,432
78,586
588,260
  • CP delivered more than 580,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products to destination, down 3.2% from week 12.
  • CP has averaged over 5550 empty placements over the last six weeks, results exceeding commitments made in CP’s letter to Minister Garneau outlining our 2018/19 grain program.
  • These empty spotting numbers were achieved despite ongoing delayed harvest in Alberta and several port related supply chain delays including certain terminals not working on weekends.  These delays have resulted in Dedicated Trains sitting up to 10 days loaded at origin waiting for an unloading window, and in other cases, customers parking empty Dedicated Trains given a lack of outlets for the grain.
  • CP is meeting all Dedicated Train commitments, and customers are very positive regarding CP service. With this in mind, CP remains perplexed by Ag Transport Coalition data, which under-represents CP’s performance and overall customer sentiment. CP looks forward to the opportunity to better understand how the Ag Transport Coalition calculates their performance data.
  • Overall year-to-date volume is down 1% from last crop-year, and the rolling four-week average is up 1%.
​​Week 12, Oct 14 - Oct 20128,118
403,167
4,167
1,351
71,301
608,104
  • CP delivered more than 600,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products to destination, up 8% from week 11.
  • CP is pleased to see some terminals in Vancouver move to 24/7 operations last week but reiterates its call for all supply chain participants to do the same to ensure fluidity.
  • Consistent with our message last week, some customers are experiencing congestion in their grain pipelines which has caused a backlog of grain in the country.
  • Overall year-to-date volume is down 1% from last crop-year, and the rolling four-week average is down 3%.
​​Week 11, Oct 7 - Oct 13172,180
308,651
6,068
6,356
70,410
563,665
  • CP delivered more than 563,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products to destination, down 2% from week 10.
  • CP continues to deliver to guidance of spotting more than 5,500 empty railcars. CP has spotted on average more than 5,600 empty railcars per week over the past four weeks. 
  • CP reiterates its call for all participants in the supply chain to operate 24/7 to maintain fluidity. 
  • The recent lack of consistent weekend unloading contributed to bunching in grain pipelines last week, causing CP to adjust empty delivery plans for several trains to avoid creating a backlog of loaded grain in the country.
  • CP is pleased to see some terminals in Vancouver move to 24/7 operations this week, especially as weather continues to improve and crops are harvested in Alberta.
  • Overall year-to-date volume is down 1% from last crop-year, and the rolling four-week average is down 3%.
​​Week 10, Sept 30 - Oct 6115,241
335,082
10,339
3,277
112,061
576,000
  • CP delivered more than 575,000 metric tonnes of grain and grain products to destination, down 6% from Week 9.
  • CP continues to deliver to guidance of spotting more than 5,500 empty railcars. CP has spotted more than 5,700 empty railcars per week over the past three weeks.
  • Adverse weather conditions in Alberta continue to be a concern as farmers work to harvest crops.
  • CP reiterates its call for all participants in the supply chain to operate 24/7 through the busy fall period, and to maintain open lines of communication with one another.
  • Overall year-to-date volume is down 2% from last crop-year, and the rolling four-week average is down 8%. 
​​Week 9, Sept 23 - Sept 29167,148
382,385
10,374
3,112
52,020
615,039
  • CP delivered more than 600,000 metric tonnes of grain to destination, up nearly 8% from Week 8, and again spotted more than 5,500 empty railcars to Prairie elevators. Destination terminals at Vancouver operated efficiently, helping to ensure cars could quickly return eastward for loading. Overall, it was a great week for grain deliveries across the network.
  • CP foresees potential obstacles at both origin and destination points that are likely to limit supply-chain success in coming weeks. Planned multi-day shutdowns at key Vancouver terminals, combined with adverse weather affecting harvests in Alberta, may slow grain flows at this inopportune time.
  • CP reiterates its call for all participants in the supply chain to operate 24/7 through the busy fall period, and to maintain open lines of communication with one another.
  • Overall year-to-date volume is down 2% from last crop-year, and the rolling four-week average is down 4%.
  • Click here to see CP’s 2018-2019 Winter Plan
​​Week 8, Sept 16 - Sept 22125,635
336,175
11,892
5,174
92,293
571,169
  • CP is efficiently delivering as the peak fall shipping season continues to build, having averaged more than 5,500 empty railcar placements over the past two weeks. This total represents CP's sustainable weekly capacity through the end of the Great Lakes shipping season.
  • The CP network is fluid and well-positioned to meet shipper demand in coming weeks.
  • Demand for shipping is slightly more muted than CP expected, likely due to adverse weather affecting harvest, particularly in Alberta. CP's team continues to communicate with customers to better understand how demand will shape up in coming weeks and to plan accordingly.
  • CP reiterates its call for all participants in the supply chain to operate 24/7 through the busy fall period, and to maintain open lines of communication with one another.
  • The first new high-capacity grain hoppers of CP's half-billion-dollar commitment to a renewed fleet are now rolling off the production line. CP looks forward to integrating the first 500 new hoppers into the fleet before the end of calendar year 2018.
  • Volume is up 1% over Week 8 last year, while the rolling four-week average is down 3%. 
​​Week 7, Sept 9 - Sept 15163,941
324,218
14,444
3,545
75,471
581,619
  • With the fall crop now arriving at elevators, CP is seeing a continued ramp-up in demand, reflected in a 10% rise in shipments over Week 6.
  • The CP network is fluid, and the overall supply chain is functioning well. CP looks forward to meeting the agricultural industry's needs in close coordination with its supply chain partners.
  • CP reiterates its call for all participants in the supply chain to operate 24/7 through the busy fall period, and to maintain open lines of communication with one another.
  • The supply chain was impacted this past week by some maintenance at West Coast terminals.
  • A delayed harvest in Alberta is increasing our overall length of haul as we move more product from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
  • Overall volume so far this crop year is up 1% over last year, while the rolling four-week average is down 5%.
​​Week 6, Sept 2 - Sept 8117,578
311,783
10,440
3,454
83,124
526,379
  •  With the fall crop now arriving at elevators, CP is seeing a ramp-up in demand, reflected in a 4.8% rise in shipments over Week 5.
  • The CP network is fluid, and the overall supply chain is functioning well. CP looks forward to meeting the agricultural industry’s needs in close coordination with its supply chain partners.
  • CP reiterates its call for all participants in the supply chain to operate 24/7 through the busy fall period, and to maintain open lines of communication with one another. CP's account representatives would like to continue hearing from customers as to how volumes are shaping up across CP's service area.
  • Overall volume so far this crop year is up 4% over last year, while the rolling four-week average is down 1%. 
​​Week 5, Aug 26 - Sept 190,247
313,990
16,789
2,888
77,956
501,870
  • Demand for grain shipments has begun to ramp up, with shipments rising 6.5% over Week 4. CP's network is fluid and prepared to efficiently handle higher demand levels in coming weeks.
  • CP reiterates its call for all participants in the supply chain to operate 24/7 through the busy fall period, and to maintain open lines of communication with one another. CP's account representatives would like to continue hearing from customers as to how volumes are shaping up across CP's service area.
  • Overall volume so far this year is up 3% compared to a year ago.
  • The rolling four-week average is 3% lower than last crop-year.
​​Week 4, Aug 19 - Aug 25119,268
249,213
22,197
4,556
75,977
471,211
  • CP is expecting an early harvest, and for demand to rise sharply in the very near future. The operations team stands ready to handle the increased business.
  • Shipments in Week 4 rose 13% over the week prior.
  • The rolling four-week average is up 9% vs. last crop-year. 
​​Week 3, Aug 12 - Aug 1989,253
199,645
29,375
3,066
94,478
415,817
  • As harvest progresses across the Prairies, CP's operations team stands ready to handle the fall volumes that will result.
  • CP reiterates its call for all participants in the supply chain to operate 24/7 through the busy fall period, and to maintain open lines of communication with one another. CP's account representatives would like to continue hearing from customers as to how volumes are shaping up across CP's service area.
  • Shipments in Week 3 were flat from Week 2.
  • Overall volume is 15% higher crop-year over crop-year. 
  • For more information on CP's grain network, please see the latest update from Murray Hamilton, CP's Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Grain.
​​Week 2, Aug 5 - Aug 1190,867
248,845
3,248
2,791
68,578
414,329
  • CP's planners are closely watching the timing and forecasted size of the 2018-'19 crop in advance of anticipated high fall demand. CP encourages grain shippers to be in touch with their account managers to keep them apprised of developments in their areas of operation.  
  • CP's grain team encourages shippers and receivers to operate 24/7 to ensure the supply chain can operate at its fullest potential, and looks forward to urgency returning to the supply chain in coming weeks.
  • Shipments were down 21% from a week earlier.
  • For more information on CP's grain network, please see the latest update from Murray Hamilton, CP's Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Grain. 

​​Week 1, July 29 - Aug 4138,896
243,240
4,420
5,204
109,825
501,585
  • You can read about our detailed plan to move this year's crop in our July 31 letter to Minister Garneau.
  • Volume this week is up 40% over week 1 a year earlier, though a substantial portion of the 2017-18 crop year remains on the Prairies.
  • Overall volume for the 2017-18 crop year was 1% higher than the crop year prior and 1% higher than the three-year average.

​​2017 - 2018 crop year

​​Week 52, July 22 - 28156,349
217,269
10,249
2,272
101,715
487,854
  • In the final week of the crop year, shipments on the CP network rose 12% from a week earlier. Capacity remains available on the CP system due to soft demand.
  • Overall volume finished the year 1% higher than the crop year prior, and the four-week rolling average finished 13 percent higher.
  • As the new crop year begins, CP's operations team has railcars strategically positioned across the network, and stands ready to handle rising volumes when demand returns. 

​​Week 51, July 15 - 21159,100
178,221
2,340
2,729
91,843
434,233
  • Grain shipments dropped 15% from a week earlier, reflecting continued softness in demand and seasonal maintenance shutdowns at destination terminals.
  • CP continues to stage empty grain cars strategically, and will be ready to handle higher demand when it returns.
  • Overall volume is 1% higher crop-year over crop-year.
  • The rolling four-week average is 3% higher than last year.
​​Week 50, July 8 - 14142,652
251,792
13,378
12,286
91,787
511,895
  • Shipments rose 27% over the week prior as origin terminals shipped actively. Destination terminals did not match that performance, however, due to terminal maintenance and shutdowns. This has created an imbalance in the CP grain hopper fleet. Week 51 numbers will reflect Week 50's poor unloads. 
  • Despite these challenges, CP has cars strategically positioned and ready for loading. The operations team is prepared to finish out the crop year strong if urgency returns to the market.
  • Overall volume is even with last crop-year at this time.
  • The rolling four-week average is down 5% versus last year.
​​Week 49, July 1 - 787,011
196,933
12,669
3,148
102,458
402,219
  • Shipments decreased by 14.4% week over week, due to grain terminal maintenance in Vancouver and statutory holidays on both sides of the border.
  • Empty railcars are strategically staged, and CP's network is ready to move grain when demand returns.
  • Overall volume is even crop-year over crop-year.
  • Rolling four-week average is 5% lower versus last year.
​​Week 48, June 24 - 30158,828
217,375
3,323
7,408
83,328
470,262
  • Shipments decreased by 12% from a week prior on soft demand and planned maintenance outages at key West Coast export terminals.
  • Empty railcars are strategically staged, and CP's network is ready to move grain when demand returns.
  • The rolling four-week average is down 4% versus last year.
  • Overall volume remains 1% higher crop-year over crop-year.
  • For more information on CP's grain network, please see the latest update from Murray Hamilton, CP's Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Grain.
​​Week 47, June 17 - 23103,125
323,442
11,145
1,220
96,305
535,237
  • CP's grain network saw strong velocity in Week 47, with shipments rising 1% to 535,000 metric tonnes, and the network remains fluid. The operations team is delivering efficiently for customers. There remains capacity available to handle more volume if sufficient demand materializes.
  • Total tonnage delivered remains 1% higher than the same week last year.
  • For more information on CP's grain network, please see the latest update from Murray Hamilton, CP's Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Grain.
​​Week 46, June 10 - 1691,905
327,030
4,532
1,031
104,237
528,735
  • Grain shipments rose 10% to 528,000 metric tonnes. Even with this uptick, CP has empty grain hoppers staged and stored, and is prepared to handle rising volumes should demand materialize.
  • CP remains 1% above last year's tonnage at Week 46.
  • For more information on CP's grain network, please see the latest update from Murray Hamilton, CP's Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Marketing – Grain.
​​Week 45, June 3 - 9136,456
204,557
7,114
14,257
118,089
480,473
  • Volumes in Week 45 rose 10 percent as CP's network returned to normal following the strike-impacted prior week. Still, demand is well below capacity, and CP has begun placing grain cars into storage.
  • Overall volume is 1% higher crop-year over crop-year.
  • The rolling four-week average is 6% versus last year.
​​Week 44, May 27 - June 273,519
277,284
9,064
1,134
73,367
434,368
  • Grain shipments dropped 10 percent to 434,367 in Week 44 amid a brief labour interruption and soft demand due to seeding. Total tonnage delivered remains 1 percent higher than the same week last year.
  • Customers are indicating strong demand in coming weeks. CP has staged empties at elevators, is fully recovered from last week's strike and is looking forward to delivering for the grain supply chain in the weeks ahead. 
​​Week 43, May 20 - 2640,940
271,911
15,655
17,129
122,511
468,146
  • CP is maintaining momentum through spring seeding, with our four-week rolling average up 18 percent over last year. The operations team spotted 4,161 cars to elevators. The potential for labour impacts aside, CP's network is positioned well to respond to what shippers indicate will be high demand in coming weeks.
  • Overall volume is 1% higher crop-year over crop-year.
​​Week 42, May 13 - 19105,646
230,052
14,809
4,606
114,423
469,536
  • For a third consecutive week, CP spotted more than 5,000 empty grain cars in the country, with 5,291 in Week 42. Tonnage numbers were down 22% at 469,536, as many farmers turned their focus to seeding.
  • CP expects continued soft demand for at least another week. As a result, the operations team is spotting some dedicated trains to elevators early, and placing some empty railcars into storage. CP is positioned well to meet demand going forward.
  • Total tonnage remains 1% higher year over year, and the four-week rolling average is 6% higher than it was a year prior.
​​Week 41, May 6 - 12143,520
346,594
7,687
4,314
100,028
602,143
  • With a second consecutive week above the 600,000-metric-tonne mark, and 5,620 cars spotted to elevators, CP's network is delivering grain efficiently in concert with our supply chain partners. We are well positioned to keep this momentum going.
  • Overall volume is 1% higher crop-year over crop-year.
  • The rolling four-week average is -1% versus last year.
​​Week 40, April 29 - May 5114,190
357,405
10,100
20,168
132,595
634,458
  • Grain shipments this week were the strongest of the calendar year and among the best of the crop year, with 634,458 metric tonnes delivered. This represents an improvement of 36% from last week and 9% over the same week last year.
  • Train cycle times are accelerating, the fleet is balanced between loads and empties, and terminals at both Thunder Bay and Vancouver are efficiently unloading cars. With the supply chain functioning smoothly, CP spotted 5,667 empty cars to country elevators.
  • Overall volume is even with last year. The rolling four-week average is -12% versus last year.
​​Week 39, April 22 - 28 134,947
229,405
4,888
17,205
79,020
465,465
  • CP is emerging from a transition week following a network shutdown and restart in Week 38. Shipments were down 9.2% from a week prior, and empty order placement came in at 4,464.
  • Our loaded train dwell time at country elevators improved 40 percent, and our pipelines to Vancouver and Thunder Bay are charged. The network is now fully reset and ready to handle large volumes. We anticipate a productive May, and appreciate shippers’ efforts to load and unload 24/7 to optimize the grain supply chain.
  • Overall volume is flat vs. last crop year at this time.
  • The rolling four-week average is down 18 percent vs. last year.
​​Week 38, April 15 - 2172,792
304,097
14,648
6,355
114,785
512,677
  • Shipments rose over last week by 4% to 512,677 metric tonnes, making Week 38 the best so far of the calendar year. CP achieved this milestone despite shutting down and restarting our network Friday on account of an anticipated work stoppage. CP placed 4,456 empty cars at elevators
  • We are starting to see momentum build at Thunder Bay terminals. Meanwhile, CP's network is recovering well from last Friday's restart
  • Overall volume is flat crop-year over crop-year
  • The rolling four-week average is down 16% versus last year
​​Week 37, April 8 - 14117,989
248,874
14,260
14,684
96,028
491,835
  • Shipments rose 7.4% from the week prior. Overall volume crop-year to date remains 1 percent higher than last year at the same time. Empty railcar placements in Week 37 came in at 4,257. The rolling four-week average is down 11% vs. a year prior. Our deliveries at this time last year were very strong, prior to dropping off sharply in mid-May, and year-over-year comparisons in coming weeks will reflect that.
  • In anticipation of a potential work stoppage by members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, CP has begun implementing a plan to stage trains across our network. We continue to negotiate with these two unions, assisted by a federal mediator. 
​​Week 36, April 1 - 7 83,129
262,039
10,328
16,332
85,699
457,527
  • CP posted its best-yet week in calendar year 2018 for empty placements at country elevators, with 4,657 hoppers delivered. 
  • CP's network remains fluid, and the program to Thunder Bay is growing. Shipments were down by 7.5% from the week prior, partially impacted by Easter Sunday statutory holiday closure at the Port of Vancouver.
  • Overall volume for the crop year remains 2% higher over the prior crop year at Week 36.
  • The rolling four-week average is -6% versus last year.
​​Week 35, March 25 - March 31100,442
252,568
12,246
6,464
123,362
495,082
  • CP continues to post solid grain numbers, with 495,082 metric tonnes delivered in Week 35. We remain 2% ahead of last year's to-date tonnage at Week 35, and down just 2% from last week's best-in-calendar-year tonnage figure. Network fluidity continues to improve week by week.  
  • We added 18 high-horsepower locomotives to our fleet in the second half of March as part of our resourcing plan described in our letter to ministers Garneau and MacAulay. These units will support transport of all commodities and help to improve overall network fluidity. Additionally, in early April, we launched an additional daily train in each direction in the Calgary-Moose Jaw-St. Paul corridor, which will create more capacity for manifest grain moves.
  • Total car placements were lower in Week 35 at 3,524 railcars, as strong billings over the past few weeks have CP's fleet heavily under load, reducing the empty cars available to be spotted. Though dwell times at origin continue to improve, the high number of loaded cars has led to some cars experiencing longer than normal delays. Expect continued improvement with rising network fluidity.
  • The rolling four-week average is flat vs. last year.
  • The Port of Thunder Bay reopened March 28. Grain volumes to that destination continue to grow, which will assist with car velocity and overall loading in coming weeks.
  • CP continues to monitor and watch both potential flooding threats across our network, as well as potential avalanche conditions through the mountains in British Columbia. Materials and equipment have been strategically placed to allow for timely cleanup and recovery of the track infrastructure should an outage or event occur.
​​Week 34, March 18 - 2461,076
277,052
44,571
10,124
111,904
504,727
  • The overall fluidity of CP's rail network continued to improve in Week 34, translating into a strong week of total car placements of 4,481 railcars, another week-over-week increase.
  • Total grain tonnages were up just over 13% over Week 33 at 504,727 metric tonnes, the highest this calendar year. Year to date, we're 3 percent higher than where we were last crop year at Week 34.
  • Grain volumes to Vancouver are rising. Additionally, train movements to Thunder Bay have begun, and vessels should begin calling at the port this coming week.
  • The rolling four-week average is now 1% lower vs. last year.
  • Some loaded railcars and unit trains are continuing to experience longer dwell times than normal; we are making progress in tackling this issue.
  • CP continues to monitor and watch both potential flooding threats across our network as well as potential Avalanche conditions through the mountains in British Columbia. Materials and equipment have been strategically placed to allow for timely clean-up and recovery of the track infrastructure should an outage or event occur.
​​Week 33, March 11 - 17 14,351
307,985
9,602
12,798
100,634
445,273
  • Overall fluidity on CP's network continued to rise through Week 33, with all measures of throughput and velocity at seven-week highs. The benefit to grain movement is visible primarily in empty car placement numbers for bulk grain, which stands at 4,360, or 5 percent higher than last week's 4,149, and a third straight week of improvement  – a statistic that bodes well for tonnage numbers in Week 34. This week's empty placement number is the highest of the 2018 calendar year.
  • Despite these improvements, grain tonnage numbers were down 8 percent from Week 32 (the highest week thus far in Calendar Year 2018), and stand at 445,273.
  • Export terminals at the Port of Vancouver handled large volumes in Week 33. As volumes continue to increase, it is critical that terminals in Vancouver operate 24/7, and that the supply chain works together to manage overall throughput.
  • Overall volume is 3 percent higher this crop-year over last, a positive difference of 440,000 tonnes.
  • The rolling four-week average is down 7 percent vs. last year (again, heavily influenced by a particularly difficult Week 30).
  • Some loaded railcars and unit trains are experiencing unusually long dwell times. With the improvements in velocity on our network, we are working hard to tackle this issue and have begun moving those cars and trains toward destination.
  • CP continues our efforts to foster a positive dialogue with our customers, and are working directly with them to make sure we understand their needs while keeping them informed of developments on our end.
  • CP continues to closely watch the emerging flooding threat across our network as snow begins to melt. We will strategically place material and equipment at yards as necessary so we're prepared to shore up or repair our roadbeds should conditions warrant it. CP's avalanche monitoring and control program continues to work closely with all stakeholders through B.C.'s main mountainous transportation corridor. Working with BC Highways and Parks Canada in all avalanche control activities, and constantly monitoring present and forecasted weather conditions that may adversely affect the corridor to ensure timely, efficient and safe movement of freight.
  • You can read our letter to Transport Minister Garneau and Agriculture Minister MacAulay updating them on the status of our network at https://www.cpr.ca/en/about-cp/cp-and-public-policy/cp-2018-19-grain-crop-year-letter-to-the-minister-of-transport
​​Week 32, March 4 - 10541
364,787
16,255
3,862
98,208
483,653
  • CP's network continues to recover. Total daily network throughput for all commodities, measured in gross ton-miles, rose 5%, and has risen by more than 14% since mid-February.  Commodities moving on CP are showing improved transit times as the network normalizes.
  • In Week 32, CP moved 22% more grain than a week prior. CP moved 484,000 metric tonnes of Canadian grain in Week 32, the highest weekly volumes since Week 21.
  • CP continues to take exception to the Ag Transport Coalition's representation of weekly order fulfilment performance, and maintains that total weekly grain tonnage represents the most accurate measure of grain system performance.  More than three-quarters of CP's system-wide grain business uses the Dedicated Train Program (DTP), which allows customers to control their own train assets for a set period of time. In other words, DTP customers use the capacity they need when they need it, including the ability to transfer it between our U.S. and Canadian grain network. Trying to compare DTP performance to an "order fulfillment" model, as the Ag Transport Coalition does, simply does not work, because there are no weekly car orders associated with DTP. DTP places the origin and destination selection of trains in the control of the grain company. Once the trainload capacity needs of the shipper is agreed upon, like in a service agreement, CP has an obligation to provide that capacity and the shipper has the reciprocal obligation to use that capacity.
  • As such, CP has not provided empty car placement information in past weekly updates. However, in an effort to quell misleading information regarding the trend of CP's grain performance from the Ag Transport Coalition, CP will share our aggregate empty car placement information on a weekly basis until the system is fully restored. Last week, empty car placements to Prairie elevators were 4,149 cars, which is a 10 percent increase in Week 32 vs. the previous week. With the onset of spring, we expect grain numbers to continue improving, and they'll improve still more when the Port of Thunder Bay opens, likely later this month. Much Manitoba grain is currently shipping all the way to Vancouver, which causes longer transit times and slower car turns vs. Thunder Bay.
  • CP is closely watching the emerging flooding threat across our network as snow begins to melt. We will strategically place material and equipment at yards as necessary so we're prepared to shore up or repair our roadbeds should conditions warrant it. CP's avalanche monitoring and control program continues to work closely with all stakeholders through B.C.'s main mountainous transportation corridor. Working with BC Highways and Parks Canada in all avalanche control activities, and constantly monitoring present and forecasted weather conditions that may adversely affect the corridor to ensure timely, efficient and safe movement of freight.
  • Overall volume this crop year remains 3% higher than at this time in 2017, an increase of approximately 450,000 metric tonnes.
  • The rolling four-week average is down 6% versus last year (heavily skewed by very low shipment totals in Week 30 on account of severe weather and network disruptions).
  • As volumes increase on both CP and CN, it is critical that terminals in Vancouver operate 7/24 and that the supply chain works together to manage overall throughput.
​​Week 31, February 25 - March 31,207
258,072
19,493
11,849
106,316
396,937
  • Shipments rose 16% in Week 31 over a very challenging Week 30. More encouragingly, overall empty placements improved by 49% in Week 31 compared to the week prior, with strengthening numbers near the end of the week. This increase occurred even as weather events continued to impact operations, including record snowfall in southern and central Alberta (March 2-3), and two minor derailments in Alberta caused service interruptions.
  • Our rolling four-week average is 4% below last year, reflective of the weather and other challenges that have created issues for the entire transportation supply chain for much of February. These short-term challenges are episodic, not systemic, and impact all commodity movements, not just grain.
  • Despite the ongoing challenges, CP is regaining its velocity, with train speeds up this past week by approximately 10% compared to mid-February. As weather moderates across our network, CP expects this momentum to continue, and for grain shipments to continue climbing.
  • CP continues to experience unprecedented and unexpected demand being driven from dual-rail-served territories in the northern catchment areas of our network. In spite of significant weather challenges, our shipments are up 30 percent crop-year to date in this area. We continue to deliver overall for the grain supply chain with our year-to-date shipments, through Week 31, up 3 percent, or approximately 400,000 metric tonnes. We strategically plan each year for the upcoming crop, which this year was originally forecast around 65 million metric tonnes, but will end up being closer to 71 million metric tonnes, close to a 10 percent difference.
​​Week 30, February 18 - 24 270
205,122
41,723
3,907
92,126
343,148
  • CP is experiencing unprecedented and unexpected demand being driven from dual-rail-served territories in the northern catchment areas of our network. In spite of significant weather challenges, our shipments are up 30 percent crop-year to date in this area. We continue to deliver overall for the grain supply chain with our year-to-date shipments, through Week 30, up 3 percent, or approximately 470,000 metric tonnes.
  • We strategically plan each year for the upcoming crop, which this year was originally forecast around 65 million metric tonnes, but will end up being closer to 71 million metric tonnes, close to a 10 percent difference.
  • On top of the increased crop size, weather and other challenges have created issues for the entire transportation supply chain over the last couple of weeks, these short-term challenges are episodic, not systemic, and we expect our network to improve with improving weather conditions. It is also worth noting that extreme weather and line outages impact all commodity movements, not just grain.
  • We continue to add both crews and locomotives to support volumes across all commodities and are confident that with the weather on our side, service and network fluidity will continue to improve.
  • All hands are on deck at CP as we work to meet the needs of our customers and the North American economy.
  • Shipments decreased by 25% week over week.
  • The rolling four-week average is 1% higher versus last year.
​​Week 29, February 11 - 1713,520
339,453
6,642
1,723
96,708
458,046
  • Shipments increased by 6% week-over-week and overall volume is 4% higher crop-year to date. Rolling four week average is 3% versus last year
  • Expect challenges related to avalanches and network outages to compound in Week 30 with a reduction of cars spotted at elevators in the country, as we have encountered several service disruptions in the west corridor over the past three weeks due in part to comparatively severe winter (46 percent* colder system-wide as compared to last year and a 167 percent* increase in days below -25 C). In British Columbia and Alberta we saw snowfall records for the entire month of February shattered by the middle of the month, in one event early in February a track section received 50 cm of snow over a 30-hour period leading to challenges for the entire transportation supply chain. Adverse weather has impacted the entire supply chain, including significant highway closures (in addition to rail closures) all through BC's mountain passes for avalanches and avalanche control
  • At -25 C and colder, we must take additional steps such as reducing train speeds and train lengths in order to continue to move products to destination in a safe, efficient manner. We encourage our customers to also take the time to ensure that their facilities and operations are winter ready
  • While these challenges are not uncommon across the Class 1s at this time, working with our strategic partners and our valued customers we are 100% focused on addressing these issues and on making operational decisions that will have us running optimally as quickly as possible
  • The frigid winter conditions have affected all commodities 
  • This year, based on weather and commodity forecasts, we have increased the size of our locomotive fleet and we continue to aggressively hire field employees – across all positions
  • Port of Thunder Bay remains closed for winter season
* Previously, it said that this winter was 60 percent colder and had 78 percent more days below -25 Celsius, that calculation was actually based on a subset of the network. In fact, for the period of Dec. 20, 2017 to Feb. 4, 2018, system-wide it was 46 percent colder (or approx. 6 degrees colder on average) with 167 percent more days below -25 Celsius (or approx. an additional 10 days below -25C during that period, as compared to the previous year).
​​Week 28, February 4 - 100
293,551
22,268
13,160
101,699
430,678
  • Winter storms in the Western Region caused a number of snow slides, which impacted train operations. This resulted in delays to trains enroute to Vancouver, plus staging of trains at Prairie elevators. Despite this, CP moved more tonnage this year than last during this week
  • We continue to follow our winter operating protocols. These include reduced train operations to allow for avalanche control in the mountains of British Columbia. These steps will impact car supply for country loading during Week 29 while car cycles start to recover
  • Shipments decreased by 8.8% week over week
  • Overall volume is 4% higher crop-year over crop-year
  • The rolling four-week average is flat compared to last year
​​Week 27, January 28 - February 39,637
284,867
50,995
16,719
110,192
472,410
  • Shipments increased by 21.3% from the previous week
  • A recent arbitration ruling in a labour case involving workers at the Port of Vancouver prohibits certain vessel-loading activity during rainfall events. This has caused some delays in loading at Vancouver terminals
  • We continue to move more grain than last crop year, with 4% increase in the crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • The rolling four-week average is down 7% versus last year
  • The Port of Thunder Bay remains closed for winter season
​​Week 26, January 21 - 271,352
252,183
33,665
13,603
88,412
389,215
  • We continue to move more grain than the last crop year, with 4% more volume delivered year-to-date compared to the same period a year prior
  • The rolling four-week average stands 7% below the same period last year
  • Volume remains heavily focused towards the Port of Vancouver
  • A recent arbitration ruling in a labour case involving workers at the Port of Vancouver prohibits certain vessel-loading activity during rainfall events. This has caused some delays in loading at Vancouver terminals
  • The Port of Thunder Bay is now closed for the winter, reducing options for Canadian export grain
​​Week 25, January 14 - 209,897
257,627
24,590
15,090
109,426
416,630
  • We continue to move more grain than the last crop year, with volumes up 4% over the same period a year prior
  • Volumes increased 6.8% vs. last week
  • Rolling four-week average is 9% less than same period last year 
  • Volume is heavily focused towards the Port of Vancouver 
  • The Port of Thunder Bay is now closed for the winter, reducing options for Canadian export grain
​​Week 24, January 7 - 13366
302,606
17,489
2,851
66,788
390,100
  • Winter operating conditions across the network; CP winter operating plan is in effect to help deal with colder conditions across the prairies
  • Overall shipments for the crop year are 5% above last year's pace
  • Rolling four-week average is down 7% versus last year
  • The Port of Thunder Bay is now closed for the winter, reducing options for Canadian export grain
​​Week 23, December 31 - January 65,278
243,645
44,871
4,050
111,574
409,418
  • A rebound occurred in Week 23 following the holiday period. Port terminals were closed for the New Year holiday, which did have some effect on volumes
  • The closure of the St. Lawrence Seaway through the winter has reduced overall grain demand on the system, with minimal volumes to the Port of Thunder Bay until reopening this spring
  • Shipments increased by 20.6% from the previous week  
  • Shipments are 5% higher in the crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • The rolling four-week average is up 8% versus last year
​​Week 22, December 24 - December 3033,280
198,161
36,480
1,805
69,540
339,266
  • CP continues to move grain volumes ahead of last year's pace across the network
  • The rolling four-week average is higher by 10% from last year
  • Overall shipments are up 5% in the crop year to date compared with the same period
  • Volumes last week were lower as holiday closures at port terminals and at country loading facilities reduced working capacity by approximately 40%
  • Extreme cold on the Canadian Prairies last week also impacted CP operations as well as the ability of some customers to load cars placed for loading in the country
  • The closure of the St. Lawrence Seaway through the winter has reduced overall grain demand on the system with minimal volumes to the Port of Thunder Bay until re-opening this spring
​​Week 21, December 17 - December 2366,105
391,046
39,034
2,240
112,904
611,329
  • CP, in close consultation with our customers, set another record in Week 21. We closed out the week well ahead of last year's pace, and operations remain fluid and efficient
  • An excellent 2017/2018 crop-year continues for CP, with shipments 6% higher year-to-date compared with the same period last year
  • Shipments increased by 5% over the previous week
  • Shipments in Week 21 were up 20% over the corresponding week last year
  • Four-week rolling average is 15% higher versus last year
​​Week 20, December 10 - December 16157,412
274,984
22,345
13,168
113,251
581,160
  • CP's network continues to operate efficiently while handling grain volumes substantially above last year's levels
  • Shipments increased by 1% from the previous week  
  • Shipment variance is 6% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is up 11% versus last year
​​Week 19, December 3 - December 9118,961
329,919
3,164
1,580
120,603
574,227
  • CP's network is fluid with volumes at normal levels
  • Shipments increased by 14% from the previous week
  • Shipment variance is 5% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is flat versus last year
​​Week 18, November 26 - December 2178,655
202,177
10,848
3,702
109,258
504,640
  • The aftermath of last week’s slides in British Columbia continued to affect volumes in Week 18. However, overall volumes remain strong, and throughput rose late in the week as operations normalized. Meanwhile, we are seeing very strong volumes building for Thunder Bay terminals
  • Shipments decreased by 13% from the previous week
  • Shipment variance is 4% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 1% higher versus last year
​​Week 17, November 19 - November 25187,741
276,227
17,353
1,209
98,922
581,452
  • Overall, a much stronger week than Week 16 as the network continued to recover from the B.C. outage. This week's performance would have been even better if not for landslides in the Fraser Valley, which cut off all rail traffic and reduced car supply to the port
  • Shipments increased by 25% from the previous week
  • Shipment variance is 4% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 3%  higher versus last year
​​Week 16, November 12 - November 1896,917
270,290
4,666
854
92,533
465,260
  • Vancouver-destined grain continued to experience delays as the CP network recovered from the British Columbia derailment in Week 15. We are now well into the recovery process, and look forward to a return to normal operating conditions
  • Shipments decreased by 20% from the previous week, almost entirely due to the derailment and subsequent service interruption
  • Shipment variance remains 5% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 2% higher versus last year
​​Week 15, November 5 - November 11145,395
322,114
8,218
5,553
102,790
584,070
  • With harvest complete, volumes remain at historically high levels
  • This week's numbers reflect some impact from a derailment in a strategically challenging location in British Columbia late on the evening of Nov. 9. The incident did not involve dangerous goods, nor did it result in any injuries or public safety issues. CP expects to see further impacts from this incident in Week 16
  • Shipments increased by 3% from the previous week
  • Shipment variance has increased to 6% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 10% higher versus last year
​​Week 14, October 29 - November 4174,195
306,337
12,963
3,248
72,504
569,247
  • CP continues to move grain on pace with the previous two months, the strongest eight-week period for volume shipments in company history
  • Shipments dipped 3% from the previous week's record-setting volume
  • Shipment variance remains 5% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 3% higher versus last year
​​Week 13, October 22 - October 28160,692
304,603
5,032
1,142
113,552
585,021
  • CP moved more Canadian grain this October than any October prior. That record follows an all-time monthly record in September.  The shipping demand we're seeing this fall is strong, and we're handling it efficiently in close consultation with our supply-chain partners. There's a lot to be proud of here for everyone involved
  • Harvest is now substantially complete. The pace of shipments remains very high. We continue to make on-time deliveries of empty railcars to country elevators
  • We are seeing improved fluidity at the Port of Vancouver
  • Shipments decreased by 1% from the previous week
  • Shipment variance is 5% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 2%  higher versus last year
     
​​Week 12, October 15 - October 21138,480
359,018
8,957
653
86,362
593,470
  • Grain movements are continuing at a very rapid pace as the harvest wraps up. CP is turning cars quickly despite wildfires in the western prairies and some vessel space limitations at the Port of Vancouver
  • Average car cycle times have risen slightly due to longer average hauls, with soybeans harvested in Manitoba being shipped through the Port of Vancouver
  • Shipments increased by 13% from the previous week  
  • Shipment variance is 5% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 7%  higher versus last year 
​​Week 11, October 8 - October 1488,171
339,863
14,174
1,890
78,712
522,810
  • Grain continues to move at historically high levels, even as volumes are down from their recent record pace. We remain relatively current on demand for loading in the country
  • Some port terminals at the Port of Vancouver are continuing to operate with tight space caused by recent vessel delays which has reduced unload capability causing some trains to be held at origin
  • Demand for movement to the west coast continues to increase from territory further east from the port increasing length of haul
  • Overall shipments decreased by 14% from the previous week
  • Shipment variance is 5% higher crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 1%  higher vs. last year
​​Week 10, October 1 - October 7105,567
407,424
4,560
1,736
91,538
610,825
  • Volumes remain very strong as the harvest nears completion, even as they are down from the prior week's historic pace
  • While Week 10 shipments decreased by 20% from the previous week, shipments were still 6% higher than the same week in 2016, and at 610,825 metric tonnes, represented the third-strongest week crop-year to date
  • Factors that affected volumes in Week 10 include a CP track outage due to a derailment in western Saskatchewan (no injuries/public safety issues), as well as tight terminal space in Vancouver
  • Shipment variance is 7% higher crop-year-to-date compared with the same period last year
  • The rolling four-week average is 9% higher versus last year
​​Week 9, September 24 - September 30171,516
425,189
9,984
2,657
129,126
738,472
  • Working closely with our customers, CP loaded more grain cars during the month of September than any month in our history. This is an accomplishment that everyone in the supply chain should be proud of
  • Week 9 was the best week on record, since CP began tracking Western Canadian grain and grain product weekly tonnages after the 2013-14 crop-year
  • Cool, wet weather has slowed the harvest in some parts of the Prairies
  • Some terminal delays at loading and unloading points have occurred in the past week, specifically on the West Coast
  • Shipments Increased by 31% from the previous week   
  • Shipment variance is 7% higher crop-year-to-date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 10% higher versus last year 
​​Week 8, September 17 - September 23159,970
301,831
9,991
805
90,634
563,231
  • After softer loadings at the beginning of the month due to slow deliveries from field to elevator, and delays around Labour Day, CP's grain supply chain is now fully charged. Empty hopper placements in the country the past two weeks have occurred at an all-time record pace
  • We are loading 5% above last year's pace crop-year over crop-year
  • Terminal space at the Port of Vancouver tightened last week due to gaps in vessel arrival at the port
  • Thunder Bay volumes remain very strong, above forecasted levels
​​Week 7, September 10 - September 16231,086
292,033
13,588
5,772
117,742
660,221
  • The harvest continues to trend ahead of the five-year average across the majority of the western prairies despite cooler and wetter conditions over the seven-day period. Shippers are not expecting any major delays in deliveries, and there is ample supply of product due to strong harvest progress so far this crop year
  • From a loadings perspective, the past grain week was:

    Second-biggest loading week in the last three crop years
    37% bigger than grain Week 6
    7% higher crop-year-to-date than the same period last year
  • The rolling four-week average is now 20% higher than last year
  • Volumes to Thunder Bay in particular are very strong. Terminals in Vancouver have been unloading well. Terminal space at the Port of Vancouver has tightened from previous weeks
​​Week 6, September 3 - September 9131,021
242,881
10,132
12,870
84,132
481,036
  • Shipments decreased by 14% from the previous week. All grain terminals at the Port of Vancouver were closed on Monday, Sept. 4, which reduced throughput
  • Shipments are up 5% crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average is 14% higher versus last year
​​Week 5, August 27 - September 2132,674
317,608
6,325
1,667
102,763
561,037
  • Shipments increased by 11% from the previous week
  • Shipments are up 5% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four week average is 13% higher than last year
​​Week 4, August 20 - 2699,433
277,679
10,881
1,012
117,046
506,051
  • Shipments increased 26% from the previous week
  • Shipment variance is up 2% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling four-week average was 4% higher than last year
​​Week 3, August 13 - 1969,914
224,765
8,950
2,933
94,730
401,292
  • Shipments decreased by 3% from the previous week
  • Shipment  variance is -10%  in the crop-year to date compared with the same period last year
  • Rolling 4 week average is -27% versus last year due to lower demand
​​Week 2, August 6 - 12113,172
190,071
5,573
2,331
101,000
412,147
  • Shipments increased by 5% from the previous week
  • The four-week rolling average was 20% lower than last year due to lower demand
​​Week 1, July 30 - August 599,430
154,180
5,346
2,848
96,811
358,615
  • Shipments decreased by 8% from the previous week
  • The four-week rolling average was 27% lower than last year

​​2016 - 2017 crop year

​​Metric Tonnes​​​​
​​Week 52, July 23 - 2962,051
248,035
10,430
2,096
65,489
388,101
  • Shipments decreased by 14% from the previous week
  • Shipments were flat in the 2016-2017 crop-year compared with the 2015-2016 crop-year.  The four-week rolling average was 18% higher than last year's pace
​Week 51, July 16 - 22132,711
182,261
8,019
2,131
105,254
430,376
  • Shipments increased by 8.3% from the previous week
  • Shipments are flat in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier.  The four-week rolling average was 16% higher than last year's pace
​​​Week 50, July 8 - 15140,098
161,522
15,830
2,849
​76,925
397,224
  • Shipments decreased by 6% from the previous week 
  • Volumes are almost identical to the same period in the 2015 - 16 crop year.  The four-week rolling average is 20% higher than last year's pace
​​Week 49, July 2 - 7102,079
206,099
2,559
2,103
109,556
422,396
  • Shipments decreased by 20.9% from the previous week. The holiday weekend impacted demand in the country at the start of the week. Loading this past week was reduced by customers to account for planned maintenance of a port terminal the week upcoming
  • Shipments are the same for the crop year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 30% higher than last year
​Week 48, June 25 - July 1142,256
265,444
13,644
1,290
111,537
534,171
  • Shipments increased by 7.6% from the previous week
  • Shipments are flat in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier.  The four-week rolling average was 27% higher than last year
​​​Week 47, June 18 - 24135,289
287,821
16,716
3,313
​53,303
496,442
  • Shipments decreased by 15.4% from the previous week  
  • Shipments are down 1%  in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier.  The four-week rolling average was 28% higher than last year
​​Week 46, June 11 - 17117,327
​339,914
15,402
5,245
109,313
587,201
  • Shipments increased by 17.5% from the previous week
  • Shipments are down 1% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier.  The four-week rolling average was 20% higher than last year's record-setting pace
​Week 45, June 4 - 10103,513
322,431
5,990
5,215
62,650
499,799
  • Shipments increased by 3% from the previous week
  • Shipments are down 2% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier.  The four-week rolling average was 11% higher than last year's record-setting pace
​​​Week 44, May 28 - June 3104,385
297,626
6,142
2,079
​74,298
​484,530
  • Shipments increased by 34% from the previous week
  • Shipments are down 2%  in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier.  The four-week rolling average was 14% higher than last year's record-setting pace
​​Week 43, May 21 - May 2782,208
​188,488
4,542
1,497
84,417
361,152
  • Shipments decreased by 15% from the previous week. Significant loading delays are occurring throughout the country as seeding progresses, and also due to the Victoria Day holiday on Monday. 
  • Shipments are down 3%  in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier.  The four-week rolling average was 10% higher than last year's record-setting pace
​Week 42, May 14 - 20 88,356
222,970
​9,544
2,026
103,352
426,248
  • Shipments decreased by 12% from the previous week.  This variance is primarily attributed to the reduced supply of product to the elevators from the field (due to seeding) resulting in loading delays
  • Shipments are down 3% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 15% higher than last year's record-setting pace
​​​Week 41, May 7 - 13121,020
284,356
4,363
2,696
​70,878
​483,313
  • Shipments decreased by 17% from the previous week.  The variance is primarily attributed to reduced supply of product to the elevators from the field (due to seeding), resulting in loading delays
  • Shipments are down 3%  in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier.  The four-week rolling average was 23% higher than last year's record-setting pace
​​Week 40, April 30 - May 6154,846
​357,762
4,552
3,090
62,088
582,338
  • Shipments were flat compared to the previous week (down 0.6%).  Shipments are down 4% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 21% higher than last year's record-setting pace
  • Empty spotting was strong, despite a major terminal being shut down for maintenance for 48 hours
  • Some loading delays in the country, mainly due to a reduced supply of product to the elevators from the field (due to seeding)
​Week 39, April 23 - 29 120,152
370,287
​16,193
1,837
70,635
579,104
  • Shipments decreased 7% from the previous week.  Shipments are down 4.2% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 16% higher than last year's record-setting pace
  • In Week 39 a total of 579,104 MT were billed, this represents a 11% year-over-year increase over Week 39 last year
  • Total loadings of Western Canadian Grain and Grain Products in April were at an all-time high for the month, while loadings to Vancouver in April were the best ever, for any month
​​​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
​​​Week 35, March 26 - April 168,826
375,106
35,110
1,670
​75,651
​556,363
  • Shipments increased 13% 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 7% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • Port of Thunder Bay is ramping up with the Seaway open and vessels loading
  • CP and its supply chain partners continue to perform well at the Port of Vancouver, with overall volumes to the port in line with last year's record pace and up 13.4% versus the three-year average
  • Terminal space is recovering after recent heavy rainfall at the Port of Vancouver
​​Week 34, March 19 - 2566,070
​327,942
​32,765
2,314
62,447
491,538
  • Shipments increased 8% 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 7% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • Port of Thunder Bay is ramping up as the Seaway opens and vessels begin loading
​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
​Week 30, February 19 - February 25 27,803273,041​40,5311,11791,003433,495
  • ​Shipments decreased 3% 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 8.5% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • Port of Thunder Bay is currently operating at minimal levels due to seaway closure 
  • CP operations continue to improve across our network after a series of rock slides and weather-related issues impacted the western corridor during Grain Week 28​
​​​Week 29, February 12 - 181,421334,925 ​​23,2102,288​84,024​445,868
  • Shipments increased 18% 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 5.2% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • CP operations have improved across our network after a series of rock slides and weather-related issues impacted the western corridor during Grain Week 28
  • Port of Thunder Bay is currently operating at minimal levels due to seaway closure ​
​​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​
​​​Week 25, January 15 - 21​24,589​331,622​32,326​2,724​67,167​458,428
  • 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 3.8% lower than last year's record-setting pace 
  • Continue to see improvement with pulling and spotting of traffic at the Port of Vancouver aligning with changes implemented in conjunction with our customers
  • A partner foreign railway continued to have significant outages delaying the movement of empty and loaded grain   
  • ​Heavy rain during the week reduced shipping capability at some port facilities delaying the offloading of railcars and slowing the movement from prairie origin points
  • 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 24, January 8 - 14 27,807​324,333​17,0182,67976,691448,528
  • ​Shipments increased 17% 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 2.1% higher than last year's record-setting pace
  • Working closely with customers, implemented operational changes and improved performance with spotting and pulling of traffic at the Port of Vancouver​
  • A Jan. 12 derailment in British Columbia led to an outage of approximately 24 hours. While re-routing options were quickly in place, the incident did impact the flow of loads and empties to the Port of Vancouver
  • A partner foreign railway had a significant outage starting Jan. 10 that also dela​yed the movement of empty and loaded grain  
  • With main seaway closure, Thunder Bay now operating at a minimal level
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to weather conditions across the network​
​​ ​Week 23, January 1 - 7​20,296​276,764​4,423​1,448​80,482​​383,413
  • ​Shipments decreased 11% from the previous week.  Reduced loadings were the direct result of holiday terminal closures
  • On New Year's Day no export facilities were available for unloading after working reduced shifts on December 31. On January 2 a number of export facilities continued to be closed or had reduced work schedules from normal operations
  • Country shipping was also reduced during this timeframe
  • Shipments are down 7% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier. The four-week rolling average was 2.3% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • CP continues to work with its supply chain partners to improve the pulling and spotting of cars in West Coast terminals
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to weather conditions across the network
​​Week 22, December 25 - 31​68,419​247,950​48,132​1,213​64,751​430,465
  • ​Shipments decreased 15% from the previous week, due to slower loading over the holiday week
  • The reduction in shipments was not related to a lack of car supply. In fact, in Week 21 and 22, CP placed a record number of empty cars (14% more than the same period in 2015 – the previous record)
  • Between December 24 and January 2, due to holiday closures, West Coast terminals reduced shifts by an average of 38% versus normal operations. In Thunder Bay, terminals reduced the number of shifts by 50% versus normal operations.  In total, 89 fewer shifts were worked at the export terminals over this holiday period
  • Holiday closures at country loading facilities reduced country loadings during this timeframe
  • Shipments are down 7% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier, due in part to the weather-delayed late harvest as well as the recent plunge in temperatures across the prairies. The four-week rolling average was 9.4% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to weather conditions across the network
​Week 21, December 18 - 24 ​114,711​291,035​26,3101,57574,453​508,084
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  • Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments increased 10% from the preceding week
  • Shipments are down 7% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier, due in part to the weather-delayed late harvest as well as the recent plunge in temperatures across the prairies. The four-week rolling average was 10.5% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to weather conditions across the network
  • CP's country loadings continue to align closely with operating plan while we work to improve pulling and spotting of traffic at the Port of Vancouver
  • Port grain terminals started to work reduced shifts for the holiday season reducing unloads and slowing the flow of traffic from the prairies​
​Week 20, December 11 - 17​108,728​249,760​15,683​2,962​83,854​​460,987
  • ​Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments slipped 8% from the preceding week
  • Shipments are down 8% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier, due in part to the weather-delayed late harvest as well as the recent plunge in temperatures across the prairies. The four-week rolling average was 14% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • Temperatures dropped below -25 degrees Celsius across western Canada during the week, while significant accumulations of snow throughout the network affected operations. Snow and colder than normal temperatures on the West Coast also impacted unloads. CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to these conditions​
  • There were no major issues with country loading and CP continues to work with its supply chain partners to improve the pulling and spotting of cars in West Coast terminals 
​​​ ​Week 19, December 4 - 10 ​166,923​255,930​6,556​1,77368,024​​​499,206
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  • Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments slipped 1.4% from the preceding week
  • Shipments are down 7.5% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier, due in part to the weather-delayed late harvest as well as the recent plunge in temperatures across the prairies. The four-week rolling average was 10% lower than last year’s record-setting pace
  • Temperatures dropped below -25 degrees Celsius across western Canada during the week, while significant accumulations of snow in parts of Manitoba, North Dakota and British Columbia also affected operations. CP has implemented its Winter Operating Plan in response to these conditions
  •  There were no major issues with country loading and CP continues to work with its supply chain partners to improve the pulling and spotting of cars in West Coast terminals  
     
​Week 18, November 27 -
December 3
​158,879​247,466​4,069​6,40789,579​​​506,400
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  • ​​​Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments decreased 11.3% from the preceding week
  • Shipments are down 6% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier due to the weather-delayed late harvest. The four-week rolling average was 5.3% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • No major issues with country loading
  • Low crop quality continues to present challenges in efficient supply chain handling
  • While space remains tight at some West Coast terminals, CP and its supply chain partners continue to focus on increasing velocity and improving fluidity in and out of Vancouver ​
​​Week 17, November 20-26​169,060​307,845​11,255​2,113​80,624​570,897
  • Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments increased 3.3% from the preceding week
  • Shipments are down 6% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier due to the weather-delayed late harvest. The four-week rolling average was 9% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • Customers are reporting improving flows of grain being delivered into the supply chain at the country elevators
  • Low crop quality continues to present challenges in efficient supply chain handling
  • ​While space remains tight at some West Coast terminals, CP and its supply chain partners continue to focus on increasing velocity and improving fluidity in and out of Vancouver ​
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Week 16, November 13-19​149,334​321,626​9,811​2,712​69,059​552,542
  • Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments increased 9.4% from the preceding week
  • Shipments are down 6% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier due to the weather-delayed late harvest. The four-week rolling average was 7% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • While weather impacted space at some West Coast facilities, delaying unloading and slowing trains, overall the supply ​chain performed well in Week 16 in moving significant volume
  • CP and its supply chain partners continue to focus on increasing velocity and improving fluidity out of Vancouver​
​Week 15, November 6-12137,133​​292,056​5,845​1,443​68,759​​505,236
  • ​​​Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments decreased 2.4% from the preceding week
  • Shipments are down 7% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier due to the weather-delayed late harvest. The four-week rolling average was 8% lower than last year's record-setting pace
  • Persistent rain continues to impact space at some West Coast facilities, delaying unloading and slowing trains
  • Unloads and empty departures out of Vancouver improved week-over-week as CP and its supply chain partners continue to focus on increasing velocity and improving fluidity out of Vancouver​
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​​​Week 14, October 30-November 5​137,351​295,949​11,849​855​71,779​517,783
  • Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments decreased 11% from the preceding week
  • Shipments are down 7% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier due to the weather-delayed late harvest. The four-week rolling average was 1% lower than last year's record-setting pace. It is worth noting that Week 14 2015 was the best week of that crop year, by volume​
  • Persistent rain impacted space at some West Coast facilities, delaying unloading and slowing trains, leading some customers to delay loading in the country due to space concerns at the port
  • CP is focused on opportunities to increase velocity by more timely spotting at port terminals and empty car departures from the port to increase loadings in the country​
​​​Week 13, October 23-29​166,265327,271​10,768​2,772​77,122​584,198
  • ​Western Canadian grain and grain product shipments increased 14.2% from the preceding week
  • Shipments remain down 5% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier due to the weather-delayed late harvest, but the four-week rolling average was 8.2% higher than last year's record-setting pace
  • To the end of Week 13 (October 29), CP is on pace for record loadings in the month of October​
  • Customers are reporting improving flows of grain being delivered into the supply chain at the country elevators
  • Poor weather (rain and wind) is impacting some West Coast port terminals; delaying the unloading of railcars and causing trains to be slowed into the port
  • An October 25 derailment in B.C. temporarily disrupted the supply chain​
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​Week 12, October 16-22​119,313​302,939​13,058​1,685​74,347​511,342
  • ​Western Canadian grain and grain products shipments fell 17.4% from the preceding week
  • Shipments remain down 6% in the crop-year to date compared with the same period a year earlier due to the weather-delayed late harvest, but the four-week rolling average – which smooths out short-term volatility from season to season – is 4% higher than last year's record-setting pace
  • ​Customers are reporting an improved flow of grain into the elevators, which helped drive stronger loading in the Prairies, though product blending is introducing complexities into the supply chain
  • Poor weather (rain and wind) is causing space issues at some port terminals as they are unable to ship to vessel, which is delaying the unloading of some railcars
  • Sub-optimal execution by CP in releasing unloaded empty cars from the ports back into the supply chain weighed on overall performance 
Week 11, ​October 9-15​​​166,450​​​399,364​​6,6532,12644,837619,430
  • up 7.4% week-over-week, down 6% year-over-year to date
  • Despite a successful week, supply chain challenges this week included:​​

    ​Poor weather (snow, sleet, rain and cold) continued to delay harvest progress across the Canadian Prairies​

    Wind and rain at the Port of Vancouver impacted unloading and slowed the overall supply chain​
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