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CN NORTH AMERICA AND J.B. HUNT SIGN AGREEMENT

 MONTREAL, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada's largest railway and America's biggest publicly-owned trucking company today announced a long-term, partnership agreement to haul freight traffic between the two countries.
 The agreement between CN North America and J.B. Hunt Transport is the first of its kind in Canada, and is representative of the growing number of railways and trucking firms working together on long-haul shipments. J.B. Hunt has similar agreements with more than a half-dozen U.S. railroads.
 The agreement covering Canada calls for the transport of J.B. Hunt trailers over CN rail lines between Chicago and Central Canada - i.e. Montreal and Toronto. The 48-foot trailers will move on CN's existing, Laser train service between Canada and the U.S.
 When CN's new Sarnia tunnel is opened in 1994, both companies will begin to handle the traffic in containers moving on doublestack trains. J.B. Hunt plans to have a fleet of 10,500 containers for use in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, by the end of 1993. The company plans to further expand its container fleet in 1994.
 Al Gillies, vice-president, CN Intermodal, says "this contract demonstrates CN's commitment to become a major player in the North American marketplace. Our association with a quality organization like J.B. Hunt represents a significant step in that direction."
 Dan Braatz, vice-president, Northern territory, for J.B. Hunt, says "CN North America gives us excellent rail service to the heart of Canada's population centers, and the potential for more business, once the new Sarnia tunnel is complete. We believe that CN's financial commitment to doublestack technology and their North American marketing strategy makes them an excellent choice as a partner."
 J.B. Hunt currently hauls about 40,000 trailers annually over the road between the U.S. and Central Canada.
 Trailers hauled under terms of the new agreement will move by rail six-days-a-week in smooth-riding, articulated rail cars that are capable of handling trailers of doublestacked containers.
 The new service will begin April 5. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Lea of J.B. Hunt, 501-820-8270; or Ed Pawlusiak of CN North America (in Montreal), 514-399-5069/


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