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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – July 9, 2020 JUL 9 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 9, 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 first time in three days, with all of the net decline attributable to CP, while CN volumes increased nominally.

Loads Not Moving

· Counts were largely unchanged overnight, with no change on CN and slight improvement on CP.

· While the net change on CN was zero, there was some movement among corridors, with Thunder Bay rising to near 500 cars and Prince Rupert counts declining to their lowest levels in a month (fewer than 100 cars).

Port Performance

West coast port unloads (966) remained below the 1,000 car threshold for the second straight day, reflecting below average unloads at 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 lower counts at both Vancouver (-3) and at Prince Rupert — now at 33.

· One vessel is now scheduled to arrive at Prince Rupert and 11 vessels currently scheduled for arrival at Vancouver over the next ten days.

*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).
All daily resiliency reports are available on the Pulse Canada website.

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