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Daily Grain Network Status – Oct. 29, 2020 OCT 30 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 29, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels increased slightly yesterday rising to more than 11,900 cars.  Daily loads on wheels this week continue to trend marginally higher than last week (+3%) at roughly 12,100 cars per day.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of cars not moving finished out last week some 30% higher than the prior week averaging more than 2,000 cars per day.

· The system count of cars not moving increased significantly yesterday for the second consecutive day, rising to more than 2,700 cars, reflecting higher counts for both CP and CN.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,267) declined slightly from the prior day reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver and slightly higher unloads at Prince Rupert.  Thunder Bay unloads remain robust at 455 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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