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Daily Grain Network Status – Nov. 17, 2020 NOV 18 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.

November 17, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined slightly yesterday returning just below the 12,000 car threshold.  The decline seen yesterday reflects lower volumes for each of CN and CP.

· So far this week loads on wheels are tracking marginally higher than last week at this point at 11,700 cars per day.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of loads not moving declined for the second consecutive day yesterday falling below 1,600 cars with both railways showing continued improvement following the spike seen a few days ago.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,268) rose above the 1,200 car threshold reflecting improved unloads at both west coast ports led by Vancouver.  Thunder Bay unloads remain robust at 336 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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