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BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds, will add trains in Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana

BISMARCK, N.D. - BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. "Simply put, we are working to deliver high volumes of fertilizer into the marketplace as quickly as we can," the railroad said in a mandated response to the Surface Transportation Board that was released Thursday. The federal board this week ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by Friday to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring.

Union Pacific railroad chugs past weather challenges to deliver 14 per cent jump in 1Q profit

OMAHA, Neb. - The harsh winter didn't keep Union Pacific railroad from delivering 14 per cent higher quarterly profit as it hauled more agricultural, industrial and coal shipments. The Omaha, Neb., based railroad said Thursday that it generated $1.09 billion in net income, or $2.38 per share, in the first quarter. That's up from $957 million, or $2.03 per share, a year ago. Union Pacific's revenue grew 7 per cent to $5.64 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Union Pacific to report earnings per share of $2.37 on $5.7 billion in revenue.

CSX railroad expects modest 2014 profit growth but impact of severe winter will linger

OMAHA, Neb. - CSX railroad expects to deliver modest profit growth this year, but the impact of the severe winter will linger into the second quarter. Officials with the railroad said on a conference call Wednesday that the improving economy and stronger domestic utility demand for coal will boost CSX's earnings in the second half of this year and in 2015. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad had said Tuesday that the harsh winter disrupted shipments and contributed to a 14 per cent drop in its first-quarter profit even as it hauled 3 per cent more freight.

Federal board orders Canadian Pacific, BNSF to report fertilizer delivery plans by Friday

PIERRE, S.D. - A federal oversight board told Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway that they have until Friday to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for spring planting of U.S. crops. The Surface Transportation Board's decision Tuesday comes in response to a hearing it held last week on recent service problems in the nation's rail network. Farmers and representatives of agriculture producers told the board that delays in fertilizer delivery could disrupt planting.

Harsh winter weather pulls CSX railroad's first-quarter profit down 14 per cent

OMAHA, Neb. - Harsh winter weather slowed CSX railroad and contributed to a 14 per cent drop in first-quarter profit, even as freight volume grew modestly. On Tuesday, the railroad based in Jacksonville, Fla., reported net income of $398 million, or 40 cents per share, in the quarter ending March 31. That's down from $462 million, or 45 cents per share, a year ago. CSX said weather in early 2014 cost it 8 to 9 cents per share in increased expenses and lost revenue. Michael Ward, the railroad's president, CEO and chairman, praised the way employees responded.

Customs office slaps 10.5 billion won in tariffs on KAI for country of origin violation

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's customs office slapped 10.5 billion won (US$10.1 million) in punitive tariffs on a local aircraft manufacturer for violating country of origin (COO) rules on components imported from the U.S. for the T-50 supersonic trainer, industry sources said Monday. Industry insiders said avionics software and ground testing equipment purchased by Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) from Lockheed Martin failed the duty exemption guidelines as outlined under the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (KORUS) that went into effect in March 2012.

Customs office slaps 10.5 billion won in tariffs on KAI for country of origin violation

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's customs office slapped 10.5 billion won (US$10.1 million) in punitive tariffs on a local aircraft manufacturer for violating country of origin (COO) rules on components imported from the U.S. for the T-50 supersonic trainer, industry sources said Monday. Industry insiders said avionics software and ground testing equipment purchased by Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) from Lockheed Martin failed the duty exemption guidelines as outlined under the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (KORUS) that went into effect in March 2012.

New York district attorney investigating Port Authority: media reports

By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - The Manhattan district attorney has issued a subpoena seeking correspondence from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration and records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey relating to several major construction projects, according to media reports.

Grain bottleneck primary concern of meeting of Manitoba agriculture producers

WINNIPEG - Ongoing problems with a rail bottleneck that has left grain sitting in bins across the Prairies has dominated discussion at the annual spring meeting of the Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba's largest farm policy organization. Keystone leaders said in a news release issued Friday that even though Bill C-30 is close to being passed, farmers still have concerns about getting their grain to market.

Expectations for moving bumper crop were unrealistic: CN president

WINNIPEG - The president of Canadian National Railway is criticizing the federal government for over-regulating railways based on an unusually cold winter and a bumper grain crop. Claude Mongeau told the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce that, under the circumstances, it was unrealistic to expect anyone to move the record harvest in just a few months. Rail companies alone can't bear sole responsibility for the transportation bottleneck that has left farmers' bins overflowing, he said.
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