VANCOUVER, BC --  CN, Canadian National Railway Co., has inked a deal that will allow China's CNBM Forest Products Trading Ltd. to use CN's new lumber transload facility in Vancouver to increase the supply chain capacity for Canadian lumber exports.,

CN is scheduled to start operation of its lumber container export facility at its Thornton Yard in Surrey, BC, in the fall of 2011. It will have an initial footprint of 8 acres and throughput capacity of approximately 10,000 containers per year, with room to grow up to 20 acres. The facility, supplied with rail cars of lumber originating in communities in the British Columbia Interior, will make it easier to transport lumber to export markets in China.

Jean-Jacques Ruest, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer of CN, said: "Lumber exports to China now account for close to 25 per cent of the western Canadian total and are expected to continue to increase at a fast pace in the years to come. CN aims to foster a world-class export supply chain for Canadian lumber in cooperation with CNBM Forest Products Trading, lumber producers in BC, and ocean shipping lines serving Port Metro Vancouver."

CN also announced that it plans to increase lumber transload capacity at its Prince George Distribution Centre to more than 30,000 containers annually. The facility was built in 2007 to support Port of Prince Rupert export opportunities.


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