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Daily Grain Network Status – March 31, 2021 APR 1 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 31, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels increased yesterday returning above the 11,000 car threshold for the 4th time in the last 5 days.

· After falling below 10,000 cars for a couple of days last week system volumes have consistently risen over the last week driven principally by increasing volumes on CP.

Cars Not Moving

· Counts increased slightly yesterday but remain below the 1,700 car threshold.

· After falling below 1,000 cars on a system basis 7 days ago – the only time in 3+ months – counts have steadily risen for both railways.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,202) improved from the prior day reflecting improved unloads at Vancouver.

· Unloads have been up and down over the last 10 days driven principally by day to day volatility in reported unloads at Vancouver.

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.