The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that found Canadian National Railway breached its level of service obligations to a Prairie grain shipping company during a bumper crop two years ago.
The case focused on a complaint filed by Calgary-based Louis Dreyfus Commodities with the Canadian Transportation Agency.
Dreyfus said C-N failed to provide enough rail cars to some of its grain elevators in Alberta and Saskatchewan to ship the record 2013-2014 crop.
The agency ruled in favour of Dreyfus but C-N had filed an appeal, arguing the agency did not take into account the exceptional size of the grain crop, the effect extreme cold weather had on the rail
transportation system or demands from other grain companies.