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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – June 23, 2020 JUN 23 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 23, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels increased overnight reflecting higher volumes on CN, offset by slightly lower volumes on CP.  Much of the increase on CN is attributable to higher volumes in the Prince Rupert corridor which saw 500+ new cars enter the corridor yesterday.

· With average daily traffic levels of nearly 12,200 cars this week, the incremental growth in traffic volumes continues a pace.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours increased overnight reflecting a significant increase on CP while CN counts increased modestly.

· System wide counts have now risen above 3,200 cars – a worrisome level if it continues for an extended period of time.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads (1,188) were strong for the second straight day as once again strong unload performance at Vancouver compensated for yet another sub-par performance at Prince Rupert.

· West coast vessel counts continue to hover around 30-35 vessels per day, a consistent trend in recent weeks although at an average of 38 per day last week, rose to their highest levels since late March.

· Vessel counts declined overnight reflecting improvement at Vancouver (-1) and no change at Prince Rupert – now at 39.

· One vessel is now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 17 vessels currently scheduled for arrival at Vancouver over the next two weeks.

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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