NORTHGATE, Sask.– Ceres Global Ag Corp. announced that it has reached an arrangement with US Customs and Border Protection to complete the final railway construction to allow Ceres to connect its commodity logistics hub at Northgate, Saskatchewan, to BNSF Railway.
Ceres said it expects to complete the connection as soon as weather conditions allow. This construction and the commensurate startup of international services is expected to allow crossborder shipments to begin later in the year as handling facilities are completed at the new logistics hub.
Ceres said it will work closely with USCustoms and Border Protection (CBP), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and BNSF to meet all requirements necessary to safely and securely move crossborder rail cars for its customers.
“Connecting the Northgate Logistics Centre to BNSF and beginning customs services represent critical steps in facilitating customer shipments from Northgate,” said Michael Detlefsen, President and CEO of Ceres Global Ag Corp. “Making this connection and ensuring customs services were the key remaining milestones in the preparation of the site. This project will provide Canadian farmers and oil producers with new, costcompetitive ways to get their products to market.”
With construction proceeding, Ceres expects to complete the remaining site preparation and installation in order to begin initial operations later this year. Upon completion, it is expected to include a grain handling and shipping facility, a facility for transloading and shipping crude oil, as well as a logistics centre to unload imported equipment and materials for Saskatchewan’s resource industry.
By connecting to the BNSF network, the Northgate hub will give shippers direct access to customers in 28 states, numerous Pacific and Gulf ports, and Mexico along the railroad’s 32,500 mile network.