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Daily Grain Network Status Report – September 7, 2020 SEP 9 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 7, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· System loads on wheels finished out last week averaging fewer than 10,800 cars per day – about 1% lower than the prior week.

· Loads on wheels increased  yesterday for the third time in the last four days, rising above 11,000 cars for the first time in a week, reflecting higher volumes for both railways.  CP volumes have increased for 6 straight days.

Cars Not Moving

· The count of loaded cars not moving for 2+ days increased on a system basis for the third straight day from less than 1,000 to more than 2,500 cars, reflecting higher counts for both railways.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (126) were well below average yesterday, likely reflecting reduced terminal operations at Vancouver due to the Labor Day holiday while Prince Rupert is re-starting after a maintenance shutdown.

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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