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CN announced yesterday it moved more than 2.52 million metric tons (MMT) of western Canadian grain last month, ahead of the previous May record of 2.4 MMT set in 2014 and over 20 percent ahead of the three-year average.
The results follow record grain hauls in March and April, when CN moved 2.62 MMT and 2.74 MMT, respectively, from western Canada. During the 2019-2020 crop year, CN has moved 23.3 MMT of western Canadian grain.
When considering Canada-wide performance, CN also set a record for May with more than 2.6 MMT moved compared with the previous record of 2.52 MMT set in 2014, CN officials said in a press release.
"This has not been an easy year for farmers or for the supply chain, yet by working closely with our customers, we have been able to adapt and deliver," said James Cairns, CN's senior vice president of rail centric supply chain. "This crop year has seen wet weather delay the harvest, service disruptions, and a pandemic, all of which have impacted the supply chain and yet the results continue to set records."