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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – May 1, 2020 MAY 1 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.

May 1, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels increased slightly overnight, reflecting lower volumes on CN offset by an increase in volumes on CP.

· The net system reduction is a direct reflection of lower volumes in CN’s Prince Rupert corridor, offset by higher volumes in the Vancouver corridor for both railways.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours rose for the second straight day due to increased counts on CN in the Prince Rupert corridor. CP counts declined somewhat after having risen significantly a day ago.

· Counts have now returned near 2,500 cars – roughly the same level seen last week.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads exceeded 1,100 cars for the fourth straight day and have now been above 1,000 cars for nine consecutive days. This reflects continued strong unloads at Vancouver and improved unloads at Prince Rupert, which saw unloads above 200 cars yesterday for the second straight day.

· West coast vessel counts increased overnight (+1), reflecting higher counts at Vancouver (+2) and a decline at Prince Rupert (-1).

· One vessel is now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 17 vessels are currently scheduled to arrive at Vancouver over the next ten days.

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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.