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Daily Grain Network Status Report – September 10, 2020 SEP 11 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 new grain network status report has been created to provide stakeholders with comprehensive insight on the performance of the Canadian rail system for the 2020-2021 grain year.  The report provides information and data on the status of the rail network as of midnight the previous day.

The railway performance data reported in these reports reflect the performance of rail shipments specifically for grain shippers participating in the Ag Transport Coalition’s railway performance measurement program – estimated to encompass approximately 90-95% of western Canadian originated grain shipments by rail.

September 10, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined slightly yesterday falling just below the 11,000 car threshold, reflecting higher volumes for CN offset by lower volumes on CP.  Five days into the current week, average daily volumes continue to track 3% higher than they were at this point last week, averaging more than 11,000 cars per day.  Week to date the increase reflects slightly higher volumes for both CN and CP.

Cars Not Moving

· The count of loaded cars not moving for 2+ days increased on a system basis yesterday following two consecutive days of decline.  The increase reflects higher counts for both railways, although most notably CN.  System counts now back near 2,200 cars.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,198) surpassed the 1,000 car threshold for the third consecutive day, reflecting improved unloads at Vancouver with marginally better unloads at Prince Rupert although again falling far short of the 200 car benchmark.

All daily network status 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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