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Daily Grain Network Status – Dec. 3, 2020 DEC 7 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 3, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels increased yesterday for the first time in three days returning above 12,400 cars.  Yesterday’s increase reflects higher volumes for both CN and CP.

· Five days into the current week, system volumes continue to track 3% ahead of last week’s pace driven largely by the significant increases seen earlier this week.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of loads not moving declined modestly yesterday but remained above 3,000 cars on a system basis.  Yesterday’s net decline reflects a slight uptick for CN offset by a slight decline for CP.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (978) declined notably from the prior day reflecting significantly lower unloads reported for Vancouver offset by higher unloads at Prince Rupert.

· Thunder Bay unloads remain strong, exceeding 350 unloads for the fourth consecutive day.

* 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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