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Published July 31, 2014, 04:31 PM

CP CEO offers to visit ND to discuss grain shipment concerns

Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison has offered to visit North Dakota to discuss the rail company’s efforts to reduce the backlog of grain shipments in the state. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., accepted Harrison’s offer to meet in person with shippers and commodity groups in North Dakota, with details to be announced as soon as they are available.

By: Agweek Staff Report,

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison has offered to visit North Dakota to discuss the rail company’s efforts to reduce the backlog of grain shipments in the state. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., accepted Harrison’s offer to meet in person with shippers and commodity groups in North Dakota, with details to be announced as soon as they are available.

“After a thorough discussion of the rail backlog, I was encouraged by Mr. Harrison’s offer to visit North Dakota and meet with farmers concerned about getting their products to market,” Cramer says. “Clearly, he shares my appreciation for transparency, and I look forward to facilitating a face-to-face discussion with farm organizations and shippers. While the progress CP is making on the backlog is difficult to measure in their weekly reports, Mr. Harrison estimated Canadian Pacific is 1,000 rail cars away from being caught up in North Dakota.”

Cramer also asked Harrison about the Canadian government’s decision in March to fine railways if they fail to move at least 500,000 tons or 5,500 rail cars of domestic grain.

“I have concerns about U.S. producers being put on a lower priority in light of the mandates in Canada. Mr. Harrison informed me CP has not altered any of its operations in the United States as a result of the order,” Cramer adds.

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