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  • CN (CNR) moved 2.95 million metric tonnes (MMT) of western Canadian grain in March 2021
  • So far this crop year, CN has moved 22.7 MMT of Canadian grain
  • Containerized grain shipments direct from western Canada are also on record pace, approaching 800,000 metric tonnes year-to-date
  • CN (CNR) safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year
  • CN Rail (CNR) opened trading at C$147.79 per share

CN (CNR) moved 2.95 million metric tonnes (MMT) of western Canadian grain in March 2021.

This exceeds the previous record of 2.74 MMT set in 2020 and 19% ahead of the three-year average of 2.47 MMT.

During the first quarter of 2021, CN moved 8.2 MMT of Canadian grain, exceeding the previous first-quarter record of 7.0 MMT established in 2017 and over 25% higher than the three-year average of 6.5 MMT. 

So far this crop year, CN has moved 22.7 MMT of Canadian grain. This is an increase of 19% compared to the previous year-to-date record of 19.1 MMT established in the 2018-19 crop year.

Containerized grain shipments direct from western Canada are also on record pace, approaching 800,000 metric tonnes crop year-to-date, in addition to the tonnage shipped from eastern Canada.

James Cairns, SVP, rail centric supply chain at CN remarked,

“Since the beginning of 2021, Canadian grain farmers, along with all of our supply chain partners, have worked closely with CN's railroaders to deliver record grain performance despite the pandemic and the very difficult operating conditions we faced in February.

We are proud of these record results as we also respond to record demand for the movement of other commodities, such as potash, overseas and domestic intermodal, forest products, and propane. 

I want to personally thank CN railroaders and our agri-food supply chain partners for successfully delivering another record month of grain movement while keeping pace with higher than previous year’s overall traffic levels on CN's network”

CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the U.S. South through a 19,500-mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919.

CN Rail (CNR) opened trading at C$147.79 per share.

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