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Snag Stalls Delivery Of Canadian Wheat

Thu., Feb. 13, 1997

The Canadian Wheat Board won’t accept new grain orders until at least April because of a rising backlog and rail delays, a spokeswoman said.

Unusually severe winter weather in the Canadian plains has delayed loading of rail cars with wheat from elevators, and heavy snow has disrupted rail traffic in British Columbia.

“The situation is definitely deteriorating,” said Tracey Thompson, a spokeswoman for the wheat board, which is responsible for marketing Canadian wheat. “It (shipments) will be tight well into April.”

There are 43 grain ships waiting to be loaded in Vancouver, British Columbia, and another 11 are expected to arrive in the next week, Thompson said. One ship has been waiting for 40 days.

“Exports through the West Coast are at their lowest in 10 years,” she said.

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