G3 CEO offers grain handling solutions

WINNIPEG — The chief executive officer of the company formerly known as CWB unveiled some of the solutions he’d like to see brought to Canada’s grain delivery system while speaking at the Cereals North America conference in Winnipeg Nov. 3.

A lack of rail cars and rail crews, together with other bottlenecks in the system, are keeping Canada’s commodities from getting off the country’s shores as quickly as they should be, said G3’s Karl Gerrand.

He said industry must examine where its place should be when it comes to the need for more rail cars.

“We have a fleet of 2,800 cars that we own in our fleet,” he said.

“That’s one of the biggest fleets, in fact the biggest private car fleet in the country. What’s preventing others from doing the same thing? Let’s all be part of the solution here instead of pointing fingers at who might be to blame.”

The Canadian government launched a review of the grain transport system after a breakdown in logistics during the frigid winter of 2013-14.

Gerrand said he hopes it casts light on how challenges like this need to be handled.

“I hope to see a real understanding of what are those bottlenecks,” he said.

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