CN Keeps Setting Grain Records

Written by Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor
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In June CN achieved another monthly record by moving 2.7 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain. In the first half of 2020 through June 30, CN moved 15 MMT, which also represents an all-time best quarter for CN with 8.15 MMT moved.

June was also CN’s fourth consecutive month of record grain movement, contributing to CN’s record pace crop-year-to-date through June of 26.9 MMT vs. the previous record of 26.5 MMT set last crop year. In addition, CN has moved more than 1 MMT of Canadian grain from the Prairies crop-year-to-date via container, contributing to CN’s record pace of Canadian grain intermodal shipments.


  • Best first half of the year, with 15 MMT moved compared to the previous record of 13.9 MMT.
  • Best quarter ever with 8.15 MMT moved compared to the previous record of 8.08 MMT and compared to 7.4 MMT during the 2Q19.
  • Best June with 2.7 MMT moved compared to the previous record of 2.44 MMT.

“From Canadian farmers to port terminals, these achievements are a testament to the strength of our supply chain and its ability to meet the continued strong global demand for grain,” said James Cairns, SVP Rail Centric Supply Chain, CN. “Strong demand for grain through the second quarter, coupled with strong execution by CN’s dedicated team of railroaders, allowed us to achieve our record quarterly results and for the first half of 2020. Those results come after challenges earlier in the crop year. CN’s fourth consecutive record month of grain movement and record total tonnage crop-year-to-date demonstrates the continued positive impacts of CN’s capital investments on increased network capacity and resiliency.”

“CN is proud to play an important role in providing an essential service for the agri-food supply chain, and in the face of our current global market environment, CN’s team has enabled us to have such an exceptional season,” said Allen Foster, VP, Bulk, CN. “Despite all the difficulties we faced earlier this year, we are confident that the high volume of shipments experienced in June will continue until the end of the crop year and that CN and our partners of the supply chain will continue to deliver for the grain industry.”

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