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Daily Grain Network Status – Dec. 16, 2020 DEC 17 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 16, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined for the third consecutive day falling below 12,300 cars – the lowest one day total in more than two weeks.  Yesterday’s decline is driven by lower volumes on CP while CN volumes increased slightly.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of loads not moving declined for the second consecutive day, once again driven by improvement on CN while CP counts increased for the 4th straight day.  Despite the improvement, system counts remain above 3,200 cars and above the 3,000 car threshold for the 9th consecutive day.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (884) fell off 30% from the prior day, reflecting lower unloads for both west coast ports but most notably at Vancouver.  Thunder Bay unloads declined from the prior day but remain robust at 403 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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