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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – June 17, 2020 JUN 17 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.

June 17, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels increased nominally overnight reflecting significant swings for both railways, with CN counts declining (-6%) offset by a 10% increase in CP counts.

· Daily traffic levels at 11,760 cars per day continue to track slightly ahead of last week’s pace.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours were largely unchanged overnight (-30) and remain above the 3,000 car threshold for the fourth consecutive day.

· The net decline overnight reflects higher counts on CN – which have now increased for five straight days – and lower counts on CP.

· Counts of idle cars have risen steadily over the last five weeks reaching the highest levels seen since mid April.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads (1,157) returned above the 1,100 car mark reflecting improved unloads yesterday at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

· West coast vessel counts continue to hover around 30-35 vessels per day, a consistent trend in recent weeks.

· Vessel counts were unchanged overnight reflecting an increase at Prince Rupert (+1) and no change at Vancouver – now at 37.

· Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 20 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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