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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – May 7, 2020 MAY 7 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 7, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels declined overnight for the second consecutive day reflecting lower counts on both CN and CP.

· The principal drivers are reduced volumes in the Prince Rupert corridor for CN and lower volumes in the Vancouver and Thunder Bay corridors for CP.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours increased overnight for the second straight day returning above 2,200 cars on a system basis.

· CN saw counts decline slightly while CP saw a near doubling of counts (+600 cars) driven by a comparable increase in the Vancouver corridor specifically.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads rose above 1,100 cars yesterday for the first time in three days reflecting higher unloads at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

· West coast vessel counts declined overnight (-2) reflecting lower counts at Vancouver (-1) and Prince Rupert (-1).

· Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 17 vessels are currently scheduled for arrival at Vancouver over the next ten days.

*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).For more information, go to

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