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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – May 6, 2020 MAY 6 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 6, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels declined overnight following the significant increase seen yesterday.

· Both railways saw traffic levels decline although the decrease was more significant for CP which accounted for 75% of the drop – principally in the Vancouver and Thunder Bay corridor.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours increased overnight
· CN saw counts increase in the Vancouver and Prince Rupert corridors, while CP saw a general decline in counts across all corridors other than the USA / Mexico corridor.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads dipped slightly from the prior day but remained above the 1,000-car mark (1,001) reflecting slightly higher uploads at Vancouver and lower unloads at Prince Rupert, the latter falling below the 200-car mark for the first time in seven days.

· West coast vessel counts declined overnight (-1) reflecting lower counts at Vancouver (-1) and no change at Prince Rupert.

· Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 19 vessels are currently 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.