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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – July 6, 2020 JUL 6 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 6, 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 notably yesterday, reflecting lower volumes for both railways, primarily in the Vancouver corridor.

Loads Not Moving

· Counts deteriorated significantly overnight, rising above 3,600 cars for the two railways combined — the highest level seen since late February.

· The increase overnight reflects higher counts for both railways, but primarily CP, which saw counts double in the last 24 hours.

Port Performance

· West coast port unloads (1,193) 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 increased overnight, reflecting higher counts at both Vancouver (+1) and Prince Rupert (+1) — now at 37.

·  One vessel is now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 12 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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