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Daily Grain Network Status – Dec. 21, 2020 DEC 22 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 21, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined slightly yesterday for the second straight day but remain above the 12,600 car mark.  The net decline on a system basis reflects lower volumes for each of CN and CP.

· Early in the week loads on wheels are tracking 3% behind last week at this juncture reflecting lower volumes for both railways but most notably CN.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of loads not moving declined slightly yesterday on the heels of the significant increase seen the prior day.  Counts remain high at nearly 2,700 cars on a system basis.

Port Unloads


· West coast unloads (1,024) declined slightly from the prior day reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver and improved unloads at Prince Rupert.  Thunder Bay reported 446 unloads 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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