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Daily Grain Network Status – Dec. 15, 2020 DEC 16 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 15, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined sharply yesterday falling below 12,600 cars – the lowest one day total in nearly two weeks.  Yesterday’s decline reflects lower volumes on CN declining below 7,200 cars, also the lowest level in nearly two weeks.  CP volumes were largely unchanged overnight.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of loads not moving declined modestly yesterday but remained above 3,500 cars on a system basis.  The improvement seen yesterday reflects lower counts on CN offset by higher counts on CP.  Idle car counts have now been above the 3,000 car threshold for eight consecutive days.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,272) improved slightly from the prior day on the strength of strong unloads at Prince Rupert while Vancouver unloads declined.  Thunder Bay reported very strong unloads (502).

* 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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