CN, Evergreen extend Canada contract

CN, Evergreen extend Canada contract

CN will continue to provide rail service to Evergreen customers at the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Halifax (pictured). Photo credit: Canadian National Railway.

Canadian National Railway and Evergreen Line have extended their intermodal partnership, the second announcement this week from the largest Canadian railroad on retaining the business of a major container line. 

CN has provided intermodal rail service to customers of Evergreen — the seventh-largest container line — for the last 27 years, with services connecting to the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Halifax. CN on Wednesday announced it had extended its contract with Cosco Shipping. 

The length of the extensions weren’t disclosed, although container line contracts with North American railroads tend to last two to three years. 

Container volume through the top four Canadian ports — Halifax, Montreal, Prince Rupert, and Vancouver — rose 3.1 percent year over year in the first half of the year, according to port authority reports.

The CN announcements come several months after rival Canadian Pacific Railway said it secured a three-year contract with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. Last year, CP said it won the bulk of Ocean Network Express’ (ONE) cargo moving through Canadian ports.