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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – May 12, 2020 MAY 12 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 12, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels declined for the third consecutive day reflecting lower volumes for CN offset somewhat by slightly higher volumes on CP.

· System volumes have now fallen below the 12,000-car threshold for the first time in four days.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours declined slightly overnight reflecting slight improvements for both CN and CP.

· While improved, counts remain near 1,800 cars reflecting primarily high counts on CN while CP generally continues a downward trend.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads (1,394) saw their best one-day performance in more than four months reflecting strong unloads at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert yesterday.

· West coast vessel counts continue to hover around 30-33 vessels per day, a consistent trend in recent weeks.  Some improvement was seen in this area yesterday, with counts declining (-3) reflecting lower counts at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

· Five vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 21 vessels currently scheduled for arrival at Vancouver over the next two weeks.

All daily resiliency reports are available on the Pulse Canada website.

*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).

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