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CN and Montreal Port Authority reach framework agreement to increase gateway productivity and market share

MONTREAL, Sept. 24, 2010 — CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) and the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) announced today the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that commits the parties to develop a best-practices vision for the gateway's supply chain, improve productivity, and leverage these gains to increase their transportation market share.

Claude Mongeau, CN president and chief executive officer, said: “The Port of Montreal is a leading gateway for freight traffic moving between North America's industrial heartland and northern European and Mediterranean markets. Our MOU with the port authority establishes the framework to develop greater supply chain efficiencies and to grow our share of freight traffic moving between Europe and markets in Ontario and the U.S. Midwest.

“The agreement flowing from this MOU will fulfill CN's objective of reaching supply chain collaboration pacts with all of Canada's major east coast and west coast ports. We believe these agreements – driven by commercial principles and stakeholder cooperation – will bolster the competitiveness of these important maritime gateways and enhance the competitiveness of our customers in global markets.”

Sylvie Vachon, president and chief executive officer of the MPA, said: “The unique intermodal configuration that allows trains to be organized dockside, directly at the terminals, is a major asset for the Port of Montreal. This agreement sheds light on our shared commitment to preserve this competitive advantage by continuously working to improve the port's rail service for the benefit of our clients.

“There is no doubt that this agreement will help strengthen the Port of Montreal's position as the market leader in the North Atlantic, but it will also confirm the status of the port as an intermodal gateway serving global markets.”

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CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable Canadian securities laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related maters, or any other forward-looking statement.

About CN

CN – Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries – spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

About the Port of Montreal

Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is a major diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods – containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by seven of the ten largest container-shipping lines in the world. Close to 1,250,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) were handled at the Port of Montreal in 2009, representing 11,266,000 tonnes of cargo.

The Port also handled 7,773,000 tonnes of liquid bulk, 2,898,000 tonnes of dry bulk, and 2,419,000 tonnes of grain in 2009. Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs annually. For more information about the Port of Montreal, visit the authority's website at www.port-montreal.com.

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Jean-Paul Lejeune
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