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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – April 27, 2020 APR 27 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 27, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels declined overnight, falling to their lowest level in nearly three weeks.

· The net system change reflects higher volumes on CN, offset by lower volumes on CP. The decline on CP is a direct reflection of lower volumes in the Vancouver corridor.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours declined overnight, reflecting lower counts on both railways.

· At nearly 2,700 cars, this marks notable improvement after counts had risen above 3,200 cars on Saturday

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads have now been above 1,000 cars for five consecutive days and finished last week with two consecutive days above 1,200 cars, reflecting strong unloads at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Prince Rupert unloads yesterday (290) saw their highest single day total in more than three months.

· Vessel line ups declined (-4) overnight, reflecting lower counts at Vancouver (-3) and Prince Rupert (-1), now at 27 in total.

· Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 18 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.