Columbia expands west coast transloading facilities

A west coast transloading and logistics company that specializes in containerized grain and pulse crops is rebuilding its facilities at the Port of Vancouver. Columbia Containers will spend approximately $26 million to build a new transloading facility on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet. Construction started earlier this month and is scheduled for completion […] Read more


Prairie grain exports off last year’s pace

The amount of prairie grain that’s been shipped from Canadian export terminals to overseas destinations is down significantly from last year, according to figures from the federally appointed Grain Monitoring Program. GMP data released by Quorum Corp. last week shows that shipments of all grain and oilseeds from Vancouver during the first two months of […] Read more


Railway not to blame for poor Port of Churchill volumes

The 68 percent drop from last year may put the federal program’s $9 per tonne grain shipping subsidy in jeopardy

One thing jumps out at Neil Townsend when he scans the Canadian Grain Commission’s weekly report on grain movement. “What the heck is happening in Churchill?” said the director of G3 Market Research. “We’ve barely exported anything out of Churchill this year.” The port has shipped 144,000 tonnes of grain through the first 11 weeks […] Read more



Canadian wheat carryout might grow

Grain analysts are beginning to think Canada will export a lot less wheat than Agriculture Canada is forecasting and that means higher carryout and lower prices. Marlene Boersch, managing partner in Mercantile Consulting Venture, has been tracking the Canadian Grain Commission’s export numbers and they’re not on pace to meet Agriculture Canada’s forecast for 18 […] Read more


Bad weather delays Thunder Bay port opening

Official says better logistical co-ordination between shippers and rail companies should improve grain movement

Harsh winter conditions in Ontario have affected Great Lakes shipping routes for the second year in a row. As a result, the opening of the grain shipping season at the Port of Thunder Bay will again be delayed. However, this year’s delays will be minor compared to those experienced last spring, says Time Heney, chief […] Read more



Free market, but little grain heading to U.S.

U.S. loses luster | Feedlots, grain companies and marketers are offering good prices so there is no incentive to haul south

Visitors to the United States who are worried about big lineups of grain trucks clogging the border crossings can relax. There are no reports of significant grain truck movement of prairie farmers’ wheat, barley or durum into the U.S. now, and most observers and analysts don’t expect to see much. “It’s a bit of an […] Read more


CWB taps past relationship

Securing Asian sales | Japan, other countries also interested in canola

The CWB has sewn up half the spring wheat market in Japan for the next six months. Derek Sliworsky, who manages the board’s Tokyo office, said Japanese buyers are worried about the new marketing environment coming this August and particularly how that will affect quality. He said much of their concern comes from their experience […] Read more