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

November 18, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels increased yesterday returning above the 12,000 car threshold for the second time in three days.  The increase reflects a fairly significant increase on CN while CP volumes declined.

· Four days into the current week, system volumes continue to track 4% ahead of last week’s pace reflecting principally higher volumes on CN while CP is largely flat week over week.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of loads not moving increased by more than 50% yesterday rising to more than 2,400 cars with significant increases seen across the board.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (909) fell below 1,000 cars for the first time in a month reflecting below average unloads at Vancouver offset by improved unloads at Prince Rupert.  Thunder Bay unloads remain robust at 378 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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