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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – May 13, 2020 MAY 13 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 13, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

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

· System volumes have now fallen below the 11,500-car threshold.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours increased overnight reflecting lower counts on CN and significantly higher counts on CP.

· CP counts nearly doubled on a system basis yesterday driven by a doubling of cars in the Vancouver corridor.

· CP seemingly is having issues in Vancouver moving cars to their own south shore terminals and to interchange with CN for delivery to the north shore – nearly 600 cars sitting under load awaiting spotting for 2+ days.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads (1,057) retrenched somewhat from the very strong performance seen the prior day, reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver and slightly higher unloads at Prince Rupert yesterday.

· West coast vessel counts continue to hover around 30-33 vessels per day, a consistent trend in recent weeks.  Counts increased (+1) yesterday reflecting an increase at Vancouver and no change at Prince Rupert.

· Five vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 19 vessels currently scheduled for arrival at Vancouver over the next ten days.

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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