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CN-KCS: Merger would offer choices to grain shipper


CN and Kansas City Southern today highlighted what they describe as the benefits realized by grain customers, including farmer-owned grain co-operatives, through CN’s open gateways commitment in the CN-KCS combination.

These stakeholders, including agricultural customers in the upper midwestern United States, would benefit from a choice of routes and competitive rates, better service and innovation resulting from the competition for their business, the two Class Is said in a press release.

Their statement comes a day after Canadian Pacific announced that shippers of grain and other agricultural products across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota have submitted letters to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) opposing CN's and KCS's combination, its use of a voting trust, or both.

The letters describe how a potential CN-KCS combination and its proposed use of a voting trust would see reduced options for agricultural shippers in the Upper Midwest leaving them fewer direct competitive options, and eliminating the new network of shipping options a CP-KCS combination would create, CP officials said in a press release.

Meanwhile, CN President and Chief Executive Officer JJ Ruest and KCS President and CEO Patrick Ottensmeyer yesterday co-authored an op-ed published in The Hill in which they explained why they believe the CN-KCS merger would supply critical infrastructure to shorten supply chains.

The full Ruest/Ottensmeyer op-ed can be read here.

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