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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – March 24, 2020 MAR 24 2020 | Producers | Blog Post

(Daily updates will be available on the Alberta Pulse Growers website.)

Pulse Canada and the CSCA are partners of the Ag Transport Coalition (ATC)*, which tracks performance of the Canadian railway network for the movement of grain.

A daily report has been created to provide stakeholders with insight on the performance of the Canadian rail system as it attempts to remain resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue recovering from a series of physical network disruptions in the months of January and February 2020.

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels were up slightly on a system basis yesterday, reflecting an increase on both CN and CP. The increase for both railways is driven principally by increased volumes in the Vancouver corridor.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours were largely unchanged overnight with CN up slightly and CP down slightly.

· CN has returned, at least today, to levels seen two weeks ago after a slight step backward last week.

· CP has inched down over the last two days but remains at nearly twice the level achieved mid last week.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads rose yesterday, surpassing the 1,000 car threshold for the 11th time in the last 14 days, reflecting improved unloads at both west coast ports.

· Vessel line ups saw an improvement (-1) overnight at Vancouver while Prince Rupert was unchanged.

· With no scheduled arrivals at Prince Rupert over the next two weeks, and despite lower traffic volumes destined to the Port, it is expected that further improvement in this area is realistic; Vancouver has now seen a nice uptick in volumes destined to the Port over the last two days, currently averaging about 9% higher than last week. If sustainable, this lends some hope for reducing vessel counts in the near term.

All daily recover reports will be available on the Pulse Canada website.

Ag Transportation Coalition is comprised of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Pulse Canada, Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA), Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Inland Terminal Association of Canada (ITAC) and the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA).

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