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Canadian Grain Shipping Backlog Builds

Despite record grain movement earlier in the year, fulfillment issues exist

Railroad tracks

Canada’s railways continued to break grain movement records earlier this crop year, reports Manitoba Co-Operator.

But as welcome as improved rail service has been, those records need to be put into context, says Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA).

For starters grain production has been steadily increasing so setting shipping records has to follow or Canada’s grain industry is in trouble, he said in an interview Dec. 17 with the Co-Operator.

And just because records are being set doesn’t mean there aren’t problems, as there have been for a number of weeks this fall because both railways have been unable to fulfill car orders on time, based on data collected by the Ag Transport Coalition (ATC).

Read the full report here.

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