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Daily Grain Network Status – April 11, 2023 APR 12 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.

April 11, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

A notable decline in system loads on wheels yesterday falling below the 9,000 car threshold for the first time in four days.

Declines pretty much across the board yesterday led by CN reversing the increase we saw a day ago.

Cars Not Moving

Significant improvement in system idle car counts yesterday declining nearly 40% (-800 cars) with improvement seen across the board.

While we saw improvement for both CN and CP yesterday, the most significant movement was for CP which reduced counts by nearly 500 cars.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (1,053) improving slightly from the prior day once again reflecting improvement at Vancouver.

Thunder Bay unloads (378).  We note that the unloads reported yesterday (224) are restated based on late railway reporting to 310.

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.