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Daily Grain Network Status – March 17, 2021 MAR 18 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.

March 17, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined yesterday for the third consecutive day reflecting declines for each of CN and CP.

· At the midpoint of week 33 system volumes continue to trend at similar levels as last week at this point averaging 11,500 cars per day.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of cars not moving increased yesterday returning above the 2,200 car threshold.

· The increase yesterday reflects higher counts for both railways although most prominently CP which saw counts jump 24% yesterday.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,243) improved yesterday reflecting higher unloads at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

· Thus far this week port unloads at Vancouver lag last week’s trend by some 9% while Prince Rupert is tracking 24% ahead of last week’s pace.

For more information, go to* 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.