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Daily Grain Network Status – Oct. 19, 2020 OCT 20 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 19, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined yesterday, returning below the 12,000 car threshold, reflecting lower volumes for both CN and CP.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of cars not moving increased yesterday for the second straight day, climbing to their highest single day total in more than a month at more than 2,200 cars.

· The increase yesterday reflects higher counts on both CN and CP with the increase seen on CP doubling that seen on CN.  Two days of increasing counts results in this week’s levels currently tracking 23% higher than at this point last week.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,175) rebounded yesterday reflecting improved unloads at both west coast ports.  Thunder Bay unloads remain robust, exceeding 450 cars yesterday.

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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