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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – June 26, 2020 JUN 26 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 26, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Traffic levels declined slightly overnight reflecting little to no change on either railway.

· Both railways did see an increase in traffic volumes in the Vancouver corridor offset by declines in other corridors.

Loads Not Moving

· Loads sitting idle for more than 48 hours reversed course and declined overnight driven by reduced counts on both railways.

· System wide counts have now returned below 2,800 car mark but CN, at more than 2,000 cars, accounts for 70% of the total.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads (935) fell short of the 1,000 car mark for the second straight day reflecting below average unloads at Vancouver and Prince Rupert for the second consecutive day.

· 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 increased overnight for the first time in four days, reflecting no change at Vancouver and an increase at Prince Rupert (+1) – now at 36.

· One vessel is 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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