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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – July 10, 2020 JUL 10 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.

July 10, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· System traffic volumes maintained the steady pace last week seen over the last four weeks, averaging just shy of 12,000 cars per day.

· Volumes declined yesterday for the second straight day, reflecting principally lower volumes moving on CN.

· Thus far this week, system traffic levels are running about 8% behind last week’s pace. A significant driver in this regard is the fact that CN volumes in the Vancouver corridor are currently tracking some 15% lower than the prior week.

Loads Not Moving

· Counts declined notably on a system basi (500 cars), the fourth consecutive day of improvement in this area.

· The improvement in system counts is driven by reduced counts on CP — most notably, in the Vancouver corridor — while CN counts increased marginally.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads (1,083) returned above the 1,000 car threshold for the first time in three days, reflecting below average unloads at Vancouver and improved unloads at Prince Rupert.

· West coast vessel counts continue to hover around 30-35 vessels per day, a consistent range over the last few months.

· Vessel counts increased overnight, reflecting higher counts at both Vancouver (+2) and no change at Prince Rupert — now at 35.

· One vessel is now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 9 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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