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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – August 30, 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 30, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Average daily loads on wheels finished out last week much as it had been trending – slightly lower than the prior week at slightly under 11,000 cars per day, reflecting lower volumes on CN offset by higher volumes on CP.

· Volumes increased yesterday on a system basis reflecting higher volumes across the board but driven primarily by CP.

Loads Not Moving

· The count of loaded cars not moving for 2+ days increased 23% yesterday on a system basis reflecting significantly higher counts for CP while CN counts were largely unchanged.

Port Performance

· West coast unloads (881) fell below 1,000 cars for only the second time in the last 10 days, reflecting below average unloads at both west coast ports with Prince Rupert unloads once again falling below the 200 car benchmark.

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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