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Supply Chain Resiliency Watch – August 31, 2020 SEP 1 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 31, 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 declined yesterday on a system basis reflecting lower volumes on CP.  Early in the week system volumes are averaging some 7% higher than last week at 11,400 cars per day.

Loads Not Moving

· Following a significant increase yesterday, the count of loaded cars not moving for 2+ days declined on a system basis yesterday reflecting higher counts for CP for the second straight day while CN counts declined.

Port Performance

· West coast unloads (1,310) returned above 1,000 cars posting the strongest day seen since mid July, reflecting strong unloads at Vancouver; Prince Rupert fell short of 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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