New grain transloading facility at Manitoba border with U.S.

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
Mid Canada Transload Services car loading. (CNW Group/Mid Canada Transload Services Ltd.)

Mid Canada Transload Services Ltd (MCTS) has opened a new grain facility.

MCTS is one of the largest privately owned inland ports in Manitoba. Located at the U.S.-Canada Border at Emerson, Manitoba, it specializes in transloading agricultural products, food grade and organic products, and manufactured goods.

The 250-acre site is situated alongside Highway 75, Manitoba’s main artery connection to the United States and main entry port for commercial traffic for Western Canada. The site is one hour from Grand Forks, North Dakota or from Winnipeg, Manitoba. MCTS also has daily rail service from the CN and BNSF railways.

In the fall of 2020, the company launched its operations at the new grain facility. It comprises two miles (3.2 km) of track and grain storage capacity for 4,500 tons of grain.

Identity preserved grain

The facility was built to support “Identity Preserved” grain movement as well as larger volumes. The Canadian Identity Preserved Recognition System (CIPRS) certificate provides assurance that the grain company has effective identity preserved processes, mitigates potential grain safety risks, and meets the requirements of the Food Safety Identity Preserved Quality Management System Standard.

A third track is being built to accommodate shipments of one to five cars and other shipments that require unique loading such as liquid pumps or large handling equipment. This track can also serve as a warehouse base for manufactured goods that may require a larger storage area.

MCTS offers custom warehouse storage with cross-dock or rail-to-dock capability. The transload site also includes a 10,000 square foot warehouse and office space. Runnin’ Red, a Canada/U.S. courier service company is using the space as home base.

Additionally, the site has a 10,000 square foot heavy truck maintenance workshop with an indoor truck wash.

“Our location provides a unique advantage for a trucking company to consolidate shipments to and from the United States as well as direct rail loading and unloading on two Class 1 railways” said Real Tetrault, president and CEO.

“As a private transload facility, our facility provides customers the benefit of loading rail or consolidating truck shipments without the high infrastructure costs. Our intention is to provide efficient, prompt and individual service to help Manitoba and Western Canada businesses identify new markets or to warehouse incoming or outgoing products at a reasonable cost.”