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Daily Grain Network Status – November 16, 2021 NOV 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.

November 16, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels changed little yesterday remaining above the 8,300 car threshold for the 3rd consecutive day.

There is little change for either CN or CP at a system level with CN volumes declining slightly offset by a small increase for CP.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts more than doubled yesterday reaching nearly 4,600 cars for the railways combined.

Counts for both railways doubled largely focused in the Vancouver corridor which was anticipated given the ongoing line outages in southern B.C.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (297) declined from the prior day reflecting a significant decline at Vancouver offset by improved unloads at Prince Rupert.

Thunder Bay unloads (235) dipped significantly from the prior day but thus far this week continue to track at last week’s levels.

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.