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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – April 24, 2020 APR 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 continues recovering from a series of physical network disruptions in the months of January and February 2020.

April 24, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels declined overnight, falling to their lowest level in nearly three weeks, with average daily volumes now below last week’s levels.

· The net system change reflects lower volumes for both CN and CP.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours increased slightly for the second consecutive day, reflecting higher counts on CN and offset by slightly lower counts on CP.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads were above the 1,100-car mark for the first time in seven days, reflecting higher unloads at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Prince Rupert unloads were above 200 cars for the second straight day.

· Vessel lineups declined (-3) overnight, reflecting lower counts at Vancouver and Prince Rupert — now at 32.

· Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 15 vessels 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.