OTTAWA, April 1, 2014 /CNW/ - A group representing the shippers of more
than 60 per cent of the goods moved on Canada's rail system is urging
the railways to work with them on a customer-based approach to improve
The move comes a week after the federal government introduced its Fair Rail for Grain Growers Act - new legislation aimed at clearing a backlog of grain on Canada's
While sympathetic to the immediate challenges faced by the grain
shippers, a group of five national trade associations - including the
Canadian Fertilizer Institute, the Canadian Steel Producers
Association, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, the Forest
Products Association of Canada, and the Mining Association of Canada -
is concerned that a sector-by-sector approach will not address broader
issues faced across the system.
"We feel that addressing one sector's concerns without considering the
broader supply chain, will result in a patchwork of policies that don't
solve any fundamental issues. This could ultimately jeopardize Canada's
economic growth," said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining
Association of Canada.
"Shippers, railways and the government need to take a holistic look at
the challenges facing Canada's transportation system, and develop
sustainable commercial solutions that are good for all sectors, the
railways, and the Canadian economy," said Roger Larson, President of
the Canadian Fertilizer Institute.
"We would welcome working with the railways as part of that process."
Current rail bottlenecks are hurting the ability of many Canadian
industries to get their goods to markets in Canada and abroad, to
attract investment, and to create jobs. According to Ron Watkins,
President of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, this group of
shippers hopes to "foster supply-chain collaboration, and provide the
federal government with recommendations for improving rail service
during its review of the Canada Transportation Act later this year."
"Canada's prosperity depends on exports and we will all benefit if we
enhance shipping capacity, said David Lindsay, President and CEO of the
Forest Products Association of Canada.
"Our long-term goal is to work with our partners to right-size the
SOURCE: Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
For further information:
Canadian Fertilizer Institute
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
613-237-6215 ext. 239
Forest Products Association of Canada
613-563-1441 ext. 313
Mining Association of Canada
613-233-9392 ext. 325
Canadian Steel Producers Association