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CP “ready to move” delayed grain crop; using supply chain scorecard

CALGARY, Alta.–Canadian Pacific said it is ready to move the delayed Western Canadian grain crop to market, and is highlighting supply chain accountability with its supply chain scorecard.

“We have all the assets in place to move the crop to market, but given wet weather, snow and other factors, the vast majority of the crop is not yet ready to move,” said CP’s CEO, E. Hunter Harrison.

Despite forecasts for a record or near-record crop and CP’s early preparations, as a result of the delayed harvest year-to-date CP has moved less Canadian grain than in 2014-15 and less than the three-year average. In each of the last three full crop years, including during the extraordinary winter and crop of 2013-14, CP moved record volumes of grain.

“We remain committed to working with the supply chain to move Canadian grain to market, as opposed to the finger-pointing of the past,” said Harrison. “Our supply chain is built to deliver grain throughout the year and depends on all the various pieces working together collaboratively. Our new supply chain scorecard will help tell that story while holding us and the rest of the supply chain accountable.”

Working in close collaboration with Canadian government officials, CP has been developing a system that will allow for open and transparent sharing of information to government on its grain movements. In addition to the information being shared with Transport Canada, and consistent with data provided post 2013-14 crop-year and the minimum mandate, CP is voluntarily launching a weekly supply chain scorecard Wednesday, October 19 at  The scorecard will outline CP’s performance for the previous grain week and will include, when necessary, detailed information on any internal or external factors affecting grain movement.


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