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Daily Grain Network Status – Oct. 15, 2020 OCT 19 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.

October 15, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels increased yesterday for the first time in five days, returning above the 11,000 car threshold.  The increase on a system basis reflects higher volumes for both railways.

· Five days into the current week daily loads on wheels continue to lag last week by 5% averaging 11,300 cars per day with week over week volumes for both CN and CP lagging the prior week.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of cars not moving declined yesterday reflecting some improvement for each of CN and CP.

· At fewer than 1,400 cars, system counts continue to track 15% lower than last week at this time.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,320) declined from the prior day as unloads fell for both west coast ports.  Prince Rupert unloads fell just short of the 200 car level.

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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