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Daily Grain Network Status – January 25, 2023 JAN 27 2023 | 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.

January 25, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

A notable decline in system loads on wheels yesterday falling below the 8,800 car threshold – the lowest one day total seen in two weeks.

Lower volumes across the board yesterday led by CN which saw loads on wheels decline 9%.  Both railways continue to see daily loads on wheels below the 5,000 car mark.

Cars Not Moving

A third straight day of improvement for system idle car counts yesterday having now declined below 1,000 cars – a near 50% reduction in the last 72 hours.

Improvement across the board yesterday although no major declines seen for either CN or CP.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (1,071) down slightly from the prior day as Vancouver unloads remain below expectations with a slight uptick in unloads for Prince Rupert.

Thunder Bay unloads (33) remain low.

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.