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Daily Grain Network Status – Nov. 1, 2020 NOV 2 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 1, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels finished out last week marginally higher than the prior week (1%), averaging 12,100 cars per day – consistent with the trend seen throughout much of last week.

· Traffic levels are starting out this week much as they did last week, albeit slightly more so with 12,700 cars on line yesterday, about 5% higher than the start of last week.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of cars not moving finished out last week only marginally higher than the prior week averaging 2,100 cars per day throughout the course of last week.  This has now increased for two straight weeks.

· The system count of cars not moving declined slightly yesterday but remains above 2,300 cars on a system level which is an improvement from the 2,700 car level seen three days ago.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,119) declined slightly yesterday reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver and slightly higher unloads at Prince Rupert.  Thunder Bay unloads remain robust at 335 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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