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Daily Grain Network Status – April 3, 2022 APR 4 2022 | 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 3, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

Despite seeing four straight days of increase to finish out the week, system loads on wheels fell some 7% short of the prior week averaging a little more than 6,100 cars per day.

The decline seen last week reflects lower volumes for each of CN and CP.

Cars Not Moving

Average daily system idle car counts saw their best week in the last six last week, averaging 1,450 cars per day – 40% better than the average of 2,400 cars per day the prior week.

The week over week improvement reflects significant improvement in this area for both CN and CP.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads averaged slightly more than 400 cars per day last week, an improvement from the prior week but still the 2nd lowest level in the last 8 weeks.

Thunder Bay unloads improved materially last week averaging more than 200 cars per day – the highest level seen since before the Seaway closure in December.

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.