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Daily Grain Network Status – December 11, 2023

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.

December 11, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

On the heels of rising to nearly 9,000 cars on Saturday, system loads on wheels have declined for two straight days falling back below 8,400 cars.
Declines across the board yesterday with CN and CP each seeing cars on line fall, with CP volumes now sitting 15% below CN levels.

Cars Not Moving

A third consecutive day of increase in the number of cars dwelling for 48+ hours with system totals having now doubled from less than 800 cars to nearly 1,600 cars in the last 72 hours.

Both railways seeing a deterioration in counts yesterday which has been the case on each of the last three days.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (748) down from the prior day with slightly higher unloads at Vancouver and no unloads reported at Prince Rupert.
Thunder Bay unloads (410) bouncing back nicely yesterday after a slowish weekend.

For more information, go to www.agtransportcoalition.com* 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.

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