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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – April 22, 2020 APR 22 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 continues recovering from a series of physical network disruptions in the months of January and February 2020.

April 22, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels declined overnight, falling below 13,000 cars for the first time in four days.

· While both railways saw lower volumes, the principal driver of the overnight decline is a 9% (500 cars) drop in CP volumes.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours declined again overnight and have now fallen to slightly more than 2,000 cars — closer to the levels seen in two of the last three weeks prior to the rise in counts seen last week.

· The overnight change reflects improvement for CN and a slight increase in counts for CP.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads fell short of the 1,000-car mark for the second consecutive day, despite an increase in unloads at Vancouver and a slight decline at Prince Rupert. Unloads at Prince Rupert have now been below the 200 car per day threshold for four straight days despite seemingly having ample cars on site.

· Vessel were unchanged at 32 in total, with no change at either port.

· Four vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 16 are currently scheduled to arrive at Vancouver over the next two weeks.

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*The 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
). All daily resiliency reports are available on the Pulse Canada website.