The pace of Western Canada's 2018-19 grain exports through the Port of Vancouver is off to a relatively slow start, according to data compiled by the Grain Monitoring Program. | File photo

West Coast exports off to slow start

The pace of Western Canada’s 2018-19 grain exports through the Port of Vancouver is off to a relatively slow start, according to data compiled by the Grain Monitoring Program. Through Week 3 of the 2018-19 crop year, total export shipments through the Port of Vancouver were listed at 731,000 tonnes. That’s down 31 percent from […] Read more

The Canadian Grain Commission has released figures that shed new light on the pace of Canada's agricultural exports in the first half of the 2017-18 crop year. | File photo

Grain export figures summarize six-month performance

The Canadian Grain Commission has released figures that shed new light on the pace of Canada’s agricultural exports in the first half of the 2017-18 crop year. Not surprisingly, the figures show a drastic reduction in exports of Canadian field peas and lentils. However, the pace of wheat and canola shipments — Western Canada’s two […] Read more

Columbia Containers’ transloading facilities at the Port of Vancouver handle 650,000 tonnes of crop annually but the company expects to double capacity with the expansion.  |  Columbia Containers photo

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


Data released by Quorum Corp. last week shows that shipments of all grain and oilseeds from Vancouver during the first two months of the 2016-17 crop year were down 14 percent compared to 2015-16. | File photo

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

The northern port’s owner says a late start to the shipping season and late harvest this year may have contributed to the dismal export numbers.  |  File photo

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


Agriculture Canada had expected the country to export 18 million tonnes of non-durum wheat this crop year, but shippers aren’t on pace to achieve that goal.  |  File photo

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

A ship waits at the Thunder Bay marina in this 2012 file image. Grain shipments are expected to begin in early April.  |  JLH3 Photography/Flickr.com photo

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

Opportunities for higher prices in the United States once the CWB monopoly was eliminated have not panned out.  |  File photo

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


The CWB was able to work on an agreement with the Japanese to supply 50 percent of their Canada Western Red Spring wheat requirements through January.  |  File photo

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