Shipping delays late last year cost grain industry $7.8 million: WGEA

Vancouver — The financial costs of Vancouver-area rail delays and freight embargoes in late 2018 will probably never be known, but the final tally likely won’t small, according to shippers that provided information to a Canada Transportation Agency investigation. Grain exporters estimated the cost of service disruptions that took place at the Port of Vancouver […] Read more

Port of Thunder Bay capitalizes on extended seaway season

Another shipping season has concluded at the Port of Thunder Bay in northern Ontario. The final vessel of the season left the port on Jan. 13. The MV Kaministiqua left Thunder Bay for Windsor, Ont., with a load of canola from the Prairies. Kaministiqua was one of 65 vessels to call at the port in […] Read more

Canadian Pacific Railway saw fourth-quarter freight revenues from shipping grain increase by five percent.  |  File photo

CP reports another record-setting year

Revenue increased 12 percent last year to $7.138 billion, while fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share rose 41 percent

Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway reported another record year in 2018, supported by best-ever fourth quarter revenues and strong demand from shippers in every major business sector, including agriculture. CP’s revenues for the three-month period ending Dec. 31 were $2 billion, up five percent from the fourth quarter of 2017, the company announced in a Jan. […] Read more


The legal dispute began when Louis Dreyfus Canada sought a decision from the Canadian Transportation Agency on whether Canadian National Railway had failed to meet service obligations.  |  File photo

CN loses appeal in dispute with Louis Dreyfus

The railway questioned whether the Federal Court of Canada has the jurisdiction to consider a claim for damages

A protracted legal case stemming from a 2013-14 level of service dispute between Canadian National Railway and grain handling company Louis Dreyfus Canada is slowly nearing the end of the line. On Jan. 17, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal dismissed with costs an appeal by CN that questioned whether the Federal Court of Canada has […] Read more

Alberta producer rolls out grain pricing app

The user-friendly program is designed to provide transparent and up-to-the-minute pricing information to farmers

Alberta grain and livestock producer Lynn Dargis has always considered herself a go-getter — a person who welcomes a challenge and doesn’t back down when it’s time to find a solution. So when Dargis became frustrated with her inability to acquire local grain bids in a quick and efficient manner, she decided to do something […] Read more


Transport minister slams door on rail costing review

Prairie grain farmers who have been holding out hope for a full rail freight costing review probably shouldn’t hold their breath for too much longer. The federal government has no intention of conducting a costing review, according to a letter from federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau to the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission. SaskWheat received the […] Read more

Canada's largest railway company strongly defended its performance at the Port of Vancouver yesterday, telling a panel of investigators from the Canadian Transportation Agency that rail delays and congestion at Canada's busiest marine port in late 2018 were caused by factors beyond the company's control. | File photo

Freight embargoes were necessary, justified: CN

VANCOUVER — Canada’s largest railway company strongly defended its performance at the Port of Vancouver yesterday, telling a panel of investigators from the Canadian Transportation Agency that rail delays and congestion at Canada’s busiest marine port in late 2018 were caused by factors beyond the company’s control. Senior managers from Canadian National Railway suggested that […] Read more

Full year revenues at Canada's largest railway company were reported at $14.3 billion in 2018, up from $13 billion the previous year. | File photo

CN on pace for record grain handlings in 2018-19

Revenues at Canadian National Railway were up 10 percent in 2018 as the company reported strong fourth quarter volumes of grain, crude oil, intermodal cargoes and other commodities. Full year revenues at Canada’s largest railway company were reported at $14.3 billion in 2018, up from $13 billion the previous year. In the three-month period ending […] Read more


The oral hearings, which will continue today, are aimed at learning more about the factors behind a transportation snafu that restricted rail traffic to Canada's busiest port, interrupting commercial trade and causing undetermined financial losses for some shippers. | File photo

CTA urged to scrutinize legality of railway measures

VANCOUVER — The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) heard its first day of oral testimony from railway companies and shipper groups yesterday, part of a federal investigation into Vancouver area rail problems that began last November and persisted into early 2019. The oral hearings, which will continue today, are aimed at learning more about the factors […] Read more

Freight embargoes were imposed on 15 occasions in the Vancouver area late last year as railways struggled to keep commodities moving in an orderly fashion. |  Michael Raine photo

CTA: Vancouver rail congestion and farm products

VANCOUVER  — A preliminary report prepared by the Canada Transportation Agency confirms that freight embargoes were imposed on 15 different occasions in the Vancouver area late last year as railway companies struggled to keep commodities moving in an orderly fashion. The Jan. 24 report, part of a larger CTA investigation into rail freight problems in […] Read more