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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – July 3, 2020 JUL 3 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 3, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Volumes declined notably yesterday for the second consecutive day reflecting lower volumes on both railways.

· As has been the case for the last few days, the principal driver is a decline in Vancouver corridor volumes which also declined for the second straight day.

· Through five days this week system volumes continue to average more than 12,000 cars per day – up 1% as compared to last week.

Loads Not Moving

· Counts deteriorated overnight for the second straight day returning above the 3,000 car threshold and representing 27% of all loaded cars currently moving on the CN and CP systems.

· The overnight increase reflects higher counts for both railways with CN accounting for approximately 75% of the increase.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads (1,267) saw another strong day reflecting strong unload performance at both Vancouver and 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 declined overnight reflecting improvement at Vancouver (-3) and at Prince Rupert (-1) – now at 33.

· Three vessels are now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 13 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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