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Competition Bureau discontinues CN investigation

May 9, 2014 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau announced today that it has discontinued its investigation into alleged anti‑competitive conduct by Canadian National Railway Company (CN) concerning rail transportation and transloading of lumber products in Western Canada.

Western Canadian lumber destined for overseas export through Greater Vancouver is shipped by rail or truck to a transloading facility in Vancouver where it is “transloaded” into ocean shipping containers. The Bureau investigated allegations that CN had implemented a rail pricing strategy that would substantially lessen or prevent competition in lumber transloading in Vancouver by making it commercially unprofitable to ship to competitors’ facilities.

It is the Bureau’s view that, at this time, there is insufficient evidence to support further investigation into this matter.

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