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Daily Grain Network Status – December 13, 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 13, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

A modest uptick in system loads on wheels yesterday stemming a three day slide and returning north of 7,900 cars remaining below the 8,000 car mark for the 2nd straight day.
Little movement seen for either railway yesterday with CN volumes declining slightly while CP saw a modest increase.

Cars Not Moving

Short lived improvement in the number of cars dwelling for 48+ hours with a significant improvement seen a day ago reversed in large part yesterday with system totals returning north of 1,400 cars.
Both railways seeing higher counts yesterday although more notably CP which saw counts nearly double in the last 24 hours return north of 1,000 cars.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (664) down considerably from the prior day with lower unloads at Vancouver and no unloads at Prince Rupert likely due to delayed reporting.
Thunder Bay unloads (331) down from the last couple of days but strong nonetheless remaining north of 300 cars for the 3rd straight day.

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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