Farmers can now administer their producer cars online.
A new web application at the Canadian Grain Commission website means producers can arrange for credit for shipping charges with railways and pay freight costs. A producer may choose to work with an administrator or agent, who can arrange for credit for shipping charges with railways and pay freight costs on the producer’s behalf. An administrator is a company licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission while an agent is any other company.
Registration and applications for producer cars for the coming crop year went live earlier this month.
All outstanding producer car applications from the 2013-14 crop year will be carried into the new crop year at no charge to producers and with no need to reapply for those cars.
If a producer, administrator, or agent applied for a car for the 2013-14 crop year that has not yet been spotted, their application will be processed for the 2014-15 crop year at no additional charge. These cars will be prioritized in the order the original applications were received. Factors affecting prioritization include the requested type and grade of grain, and port availability.
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Spotting updates for cars loaded on CN lines can be found on CN’s website, while those loaded on CP lines can be obtained from CP Rail. (Producers administering their own cars or producer car administrators may contact CP to become an “associated party,” giving them access to information on CP’s website.)
Producer car administrators and agents must use the online system to apply for producer cars for the 2014-15 crop year, while farmers who are self-administering their producer cars may still apply by fax if they do not have Internet access.
As of Week 49 for the current crop year, just under 16,000 producer cars had been allocated, with nearly three-quarters in Saskatchewan. Just over 62 per cent of the 2,859 cars allocated for Alberta were for wheat.