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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – August 27, 2020 AUG 31 2020 | Producers | Blog Post

(Regular 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.

August 27, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· System volumes continue to trend some 2% lower than last week at 10,824 cars per day.  The decline thus far this week reflects a 7% decline in CN volumes while CP volumes are up 6%.

· Volumes declined slightly yesterday on a system basis reflecting lower volumes on CN across all corridors other than the USA/Mexico corridor.  CP volumes increased reflecting lower volumes in the Vancouver corridor offset by higher volumes in all other corridors most notably Thunder Bay.

Loads Not Moving

· The count of loaded cars not moving for 2+ days increased 14% yesterday on a system basis reflecting significantly higher counts for CN while CP counts improved.

Port Performance

· West coast unloads (1,027) remained above the 1,000 car threshold for the second straight day.  Prince Rupert unloads remained below the 200 car benchmark for the third straight day.

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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