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Daily Grain Network Status – Dec. 14, 2020 DEC 15 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.

December 14, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined slightly yesterday but remained above the 13,000 car threshold for the third straight day and for the 9th time in the last 11 days.  The decline reflects lower volumes on CN which fell below 8,000 cars for the first time in three days, offset by higher volumes on CP.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of loads not moving increased yesterday reflecting principally higher counts on CP while CN was largely unchanged.  At more than 3,700 cars on a system basis, this is the highest level seen since February 2020 when the rail network was impacted by illegal rail blockades.  Idle car counts have now been above the 3,000 car threshold for seven straight days.

Port Unloads

·  West coast unloads (1,244) declined from the prior day reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver and particularly poor unloads at Prince Rupert.  Thunder Bay unloads rebounded at more than 370 yesterday.

* 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).All daily network status reports are available on the Pulse Canada website

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