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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – April 23, 2020 APR 23 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 23, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels increased slightly overnight, remaining below the 13,000-car threshold for the second straight day.

· The net system change reflects normal swings for both railways with CN declining slightly and CP rising slightly.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours increased for the first time in three days overnight, but remain below 2,100 cars — closer to the level 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 were above the 1,000-car mark for the first time in three days, reflecting higher unloads at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Prince Rupert unloads were above 200 cars for the first time in five days.

·  Vessel lineups increased (+3) overnight, reflecting higher counts at Vancouver and Prince Rupert. The total is now at 35.

·  Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 16 are scheduled for arrival 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.