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Daily Grain Network Status – Jan. 7, 2021 JAN 8 2021 | 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.

January 7, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined for the second straight day having now declined by nearly 1,300 cars over the last two days and falling below the 14,000 car threshold for the first time in nine days.

· The reduction in system volumes over the last five days from a peak of more than 15,800 cars reflects lower counts for both railways but principally CP where traffic declines have outpaced CN 2:1 since Sunday.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of idle cars saw continued improvement yesterday with counts declining for the second straight day reflecting lower counts on CP offset by slightly higher counts on CN.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,244) declined slightly from the prior day reflecting marginally lower unloads at both west coast ports.  Thunder Bay unloads increased slightly to 280 cars.

* 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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