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Daily Grain Network Status – June 19, 2023 JUN 22 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.

June 19, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels declined yesterday falling below the 6,000 car threshold for the first time in four days.

Both railways seeing declines yesterday although more notably CN.  Traffic levels on CP remain some 30% higher than on CN currently.

Cars Not Moving

The number of cars dwelling 48+ hours increased nearly 80% yesterday and is now north of 1,200 cars on a system basis.

While both CN and CP saw increases yesterday, CP was the principal driver with idle car counts more than doubling in the last 24 hours and now sitting just shy of 1,000 cars – the highest level in nearly two months.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (813) with their best day since the first week of May and once again wholly attributable to improved unloads at Vancouver.

Thunder Bay unloads (351) with their best day in five weeks consistent with the supply of cars on site yesterday morning.

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.