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Daily Grain Network Status – Dec. 22, 2020 DEC 23 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 22, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels increased yesterday returning above the 13,000 car threshold – a level seen more often than not in the last three weeks with system volumes north of 13,000 on 12 of the last 21 days.

· Yesterday’s increase reflects higher volumes for CN which has seen counts return north of 7,800 cars.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of loads not moving increased yesterday as counts seesaw back and forth on either side of 3,000 cars in recent days.  Yesterday’s increase reflects a 21% overnight increase on CN while CP increased on slightly.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,135) improved from the prior day on the strength of Vancouver unloads while reported unloads at Prince Rupert declined.  Thunder Bay unloads declined by 50% to 220 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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