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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – June 18, 2020 JUN 18 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 18, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels declined slightly overnight reflecting a slight decline on CN and a slight increase on CP in nearly equal measure.

· Daily traffic levels at 11,725 cars per day continue to track slightly ahead of last week’s pace.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours declined overnight (-260 cars), reflecting principally an improvement on CP while CN declined marginally.

· System counts have fallen below the 3,000 car threshold for the first time in five days.

· 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 (915) returned below 1,000 car mark reflecting below average unloads at Vancouver and Prince Rupert yesterday.

· 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 no change at either Vancouver or Prince Rupert – now at 37.

· Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 18 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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