Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP), through its subsidiaries, operates a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States (U.S.). The company diverse business mix includes bulk commodities, merchandise freight and intermodal traffic over a network of approximately 12,500 miles, serving the principal business centres of Canada from Montreal, Quebec, to Vancouver, British Columbia, and the U.S. Northeast and Midwest regions. Lines of Business The company transports bulk commodities, merchandise freight and intermodal traffic. Bulk commodities include grain, coal, potash, fertilizers and sulphur. Merchandise freight consists of finished vehicles and automotive parts, as well as forest and industrial and consumer products. Intermodal traffic consists largely of retail goods in overseas containers that can be transported by train, ship and truck and in domestic containers and trailers that can be moved by train and truck. Bulk Canadian Grain Canadian grain transported by CP consists of both whole grains, such as wheat, corn, soybeans and canola, and processed products, such as meals, oils and flour. This business is centred in the Canadian Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba), with grain shipped primarily west to the Port Metro Vancouver in British Columbia (B.C.) and east to the Port of Thunder Bay in Ontario for export. Grain is also shipped to the U.S., Mexico and to Eastern Canada for domestic consumption. Canadian grain includes a division of business that is regulated by the Canadian government through the Canada Transportation Act (CTA). U.S. Grain U.S. grain transported by CP consists of both whole grains, such as wheat, corn and soybeans, and processed products, such as meals, oils and flour. This business is centred in the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. Coal CP handles mostly metallurgical coal destined for export through the Port Metro Vancouver for use in the steelmaking process in the Pacific Rim, Europe and South America. CP’s Canadian coal traffic originates mainly from Teck Resource Limited’s mines in southeastern B.C. CP moves coal west from these mines to port terminals for export to world markets, east for the U.S. Midwest markets and for consumption in steelmaking mills along the Great Lakes. In the U.S., CP moves primarily thermal coal from connecting railways serving the thermal coal fields in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming. It is then delivered to power-generating facilities in the U.S. Midwest. CP also serves petroleum coke operations in Canada and the U.S., where the product is used for power generation and aluminum production. Potash The company’s potash traffic moves mainly from Saskatchewan to offshore markets through the ports of Vancouver, Thunder Bay and Portland, Oregon and to markets in the U.S. All potash shipments for export beyond Canada and the U.S. are marketed by Canpotex Limited, a joint venture among Saskatchewan’s potash producers. Independently, these producers move domestic potash with CP primarily to the U.S. Midwest for local application. Fertilizers and Sulphur Chemical fertilizers are transported to markets in Canada and the U.S. from key production areas in the Canadian Prairies. Phosphate fertilizer is also transported from U.S. and Canadian producers to markets in Canada and the northern U.S. CP provides transportation services from major nitrogen production facilities in Western Canada and has routes to the major U.S. markets. CP also has direct service to key fertilizer distribution terminals, including via facilities on the Mississippi River system at Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as access to Great Lakes vessels at Thunder Bay. Most sulphur is produced in Alberta as a byproduct of processing sour natural gas, refining crude oil and upgrading bitumen produced in the Alberta oil sands. Sulphur is a raw material used primarily in the manufacturing of sulphuric acid, which is used most extensively in the production of phosphate fertilizers. Demand for elemental sulphur rises with demand for fertilizers. Sulphuric acid is also a key ingredient in industrial proc
canadian pacific railway ltd
7550 Ogden Dale Road S.E.
Calgary, AB T2C 4X9
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