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Daily Grain Network Status – April 18, 2021 APR 19 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.

April 18, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels finished out last week at about the same level as the prior week averaging 11,700 cars per day.

Beginning week 38 loads on wheels declined notably yesterday falling by more than 1,400 cars (-12%) reflecting significant declines for both railways.

Cars Not Moving

· Idle car counts improved week over week last week averaging 2,450 cars per day, down from nearly 2,900 cars per day the prior week.

· On the heels of steady progress last week counts have now increased for three straight days to more than 3,000 this morning reflecting a significant increase for CP.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads improved marginally last week averaging nearly 1,100 cars per day for Vancouver and Prince Rupert combined.

· Thunder Bay reported 300+ unloads for the 5th time in 7 days.

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.