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Grain Industry Facing ’Dire Situation’ as Backlog of Rail Shipments Grows

(Ian Bickis – Canadian Press)

Grain shippers and producers are raising concerns about a growing backlog of rail shipments that they say is leading to lost sales and unreliable exports.

“It’s not getting better, it’s getting wors,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association that represents major grain shipping companies.

The latest figures from the Ag Transport Coalition, which represents several grain associations, said that car order fulfilments from Canada’s two major railways was 38 per cent during the week of Feb. 1. Click here to read more.