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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – April 28, 2020 APR 28 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 28, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels increased slightly overnight, yet remain below last week’s levels thus far this week.

· The net system change reflects slightly lower volumes on CN, offset by increased volumes on CP.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours declined for the second straight day, reflecting principally lower counts on CN — most notable in the Prince Rupert corridor.

· At slightly more than 2,200 cars, this reflects significant improvement from the more than 3,200 cars sitting idle reported on Saturday.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads have now been above 1,000 cars for six consecutive days. Prince Rupert unloads declined significantly from the prior day, falling below the 200-car threshold.

· West coast vessel counts were unchanged overnight, reflecting a decline of 1 at Vancouver and an increase of 1 at Prince Rupert.

· Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 24 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.