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Daily Grain Network Status – May 4, 2021 MAY 5 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.

May 4, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined some 6% yesterday remaining below the 11,000 car threshold for the third consecutive day at 10,200 cars on line.

· Yesterday’s decline reflects lower volumes for each of CN and CP with each declining in nearly equal measure.

Cars Not Moving

· Idle car counts declined for the second consecutive day yesterday falling below 2,300 cars on a system basis.

· Yesterday’s decline reflects improvement for both railways albeit a more significant decline for CN.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,354) swung back in a positive direction yesterday reflecting much improved unloads at Vancouver (+45%) and continued good unloads at Prince Rupert.

· Thunder Bay unloads remained low yesterday (222) having now fallen short of 300 unloads for six consecutive 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.