CN moved more than 2.95 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and processed grain products via carload in January, the 11th consecutive record-setting month, the railroad reported.
This volume is 27% higher than the previous January record set in 2019 (2.33 MMT), and 32% higher than the three-year average (2.24 MMT).
CN reported that it hauled more than 17.5 MMT of grain via carload in the first half of the 2020-21 crop year, which spans from early August to the end of the following July. This is a 24% increase from the three-year average of 14.1 MMT, and a 17% increase from the record 14.9 MMT set in the 2018-19 crop year.
The railroad also noted that there were more than 600,000 metric tonnes of grain moving direct from western Canada via container, in addition to volumes shipped from eastern Canada.
“We know that harsher weather is always just around the corner, so it is critical that we keep up the pace and collaboration that we have seen in the first half of the crop year to keep goods moving,” Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rob Reilly said. “I want to thank our railroaders, the ports, Canadian grain farmers, as well as all of our supply chain partners; this ongoing collaboration and constant communication is critical to the recovery of the North American economy.”
For December 2020, CN hauled more than 2.84 MMT of Canadian grain and processed grain products via carload. The Class I railroad moved more than 3.12 MMT in November, following on 3.27 MMT in October and building on monthly records going back to March 2020.