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Cramer: Canadian Pacific Railway exec plans to visit N.D.

Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison has agreed to visit with farm organizations and shippers in North Dakota, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the congressman met with Harrison to discuss CP’s efforts to reduce the backlog in grain shipments.

“While the progress CP is making on the backlog is difficult to measure in their weekly reports, Mr. Harrison estimated Canadian Pacific is 1,000 rail cars away from being caught up in North Dakota,” Cramer said in a news release.

He also mentioned his concern that, with the Canadian government’s decision in March to fine railways for delays in grain shipments, American farmers will be on a lower priority.

Cramer said Harrison told him CP has not changed its U.S. operations in response to the threatened fines.

Details of Harrison’s visit will be released later, Cramer said.