End-to-End Solutions for CN’s Forest Products Customers

CN plays a vital role in the supply chains of our forest products customers, whether it is moving logs from remote parts of our network to the sawmills we serve or delivering containers of pulp and paper products throughout North America or for export to Asia.

Forest products customers need robust supply chains that are also flexible enough to meet changes in demand and sourcing. At CN, we pride ourselves on aligning closely with our customers to integrate key processes around car ordering and service at the first mile. By understanding our customers’ business better, we have tailored first mile service and invested in additional rolling stock and transload facilities to enhance their responsiveness to market opportunities.


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Growing With Our Customers
Growing With Our Customers

Business Unit Overview: Forest Products 


  • Strategically located to move forest products across Canada, the US.
  • CN’s direct access to West Coast port capacity give our customers an advantage in shipping to Asia.
  • Matchback opportunities for exporting forest products.
  • We provide customers the flexibility of using our intermodal service and transload facilities to get their products to destination.

  • Largest rail carrier of forest products in North America.
  • Over 10% of total CN revenue tied to housing market.
  • Centrebeam fleet consists of over 10,000 premium cars.

    Lumber, oriented strand board planels, plywood and siding.
    Wood pulp, newsprint, printing paper, logs, wood chips, wood pellets, clay
Shipping with CN
CN’s sales team works hand-in-hand with customers to help them reach new markets and grow their business. With 24/7 customer service and a suite of digital tools for managing your shipments, we’ve built a toolkit that works for our customers.
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