May 5 The Canadian unit of global grain trader
Louis Dreyfus Corp has complained to the Canadian
government about service from the country's biggest railway,
Canadian National Railway Co, following a
record-breaking harvest that has led to transportation
Louis Dreyfus Commodities, which operates a canola-crushing
plant at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and 10 country elevators in
Western Canada, filed a complaint on April 16, the Canadian
Transportation Agency said on Monday.
The agency said Dreyfus complained about CN's service based
on a contract between the two companies. The company has also
requested that the agency issue an interim order requiring CN to
abide by contractual terms during the proceedings.
A huge crop combined with a frigid winter caused CN and
rival Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd to fall behind on
filling requests for grain hopper cars to country elevators.
This caused grains and oilseeds to pile up in commercial and
farm storage, including the largest wheat stocks in 20 years as
of March 31.
Brant Randles, president of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, said
the company does not comment on pending legal proceedings. A
Canadian National spokesman could not immediately comment.
The complaint was filed under the Canada Transportation Act.
Under provisions of the act, if the CTA determines a railway is
not meeting its contractual obligations, it can order it to meet
them within a set time period.
(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Gus Trompiz
in Paris, editing by G Crosse)