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Trains Full of Grain Stuck in Canada as Rain Snarls Ports

  • Canadian National has parked at least a dozen grain trains
  • Congestion comes amid peak shipping season for crops
A grain export terminal in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in November 2021. 

A grain export terminal in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in November 2021. 

Photographer: Taehoon Kim/Bloomberg
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Thousands of tons of wheat and canola is stranded in Canada after rain has hampered deliveries at the country’s largest port during peak shipping season.

Grain terminals in Vancouver are having trouble loading and unloading grain amid heavy, persistent rain in British Columbia, creating a backlog of trains that are unable to deliver to the port, said David Przednowek, assistant vice president of grain for Canadian National Railway Co. At least 12 fully-loaded unit trains, carrying more than 100,000 tons, are parked on the Prairies waiting to deliver, he said.