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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – May 4, 2020 MAY 4 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 4, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels declined overnight for the second straight day, reflecting lower volumes on both CN and CP.

At less than 11,300 cars, total system volumes have fallen to their lowest level since early April.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours rose for the second straight day, reflecting increased counts for both railways.

· Counts have now returned above 2,300 cars – roughly the same levels seen over the course of the last few weeks with seemingly little sustainable improvement to consistently reduce these numbers.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads exceeded 1,200 cars for the second time in three days and, other than this past Saturday, have been above 1,000 cars for ten of the last eleven days.

· West coast vessel counts increased overnight (+3), reflecting higher counts at Vancouver (+3), and no change at Prince Rupert.

· Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 23 vessels are scheduled for arrival 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.