Grain movement – rail and ports moving above average levels of grain
Port of Vancouver
- Port of Vancouver continues to operate as normal and non-essential inside staff have been sent to work at home.
- There are no anticipated work disruptions from the port or unions and it does not appear that boarder closures are impacting docking or crews.
- The total number of container ship sailings cancelled to date is now 33.
- This continues to put restrictions on bookings of export containerized shipments of grain, due to container availability and vessel space.
- Bulk shipments have not been affected.
- Grain transport on rail is going well so far.
- CP and CN order fulfillment is greater than average for this time of year.
- There is some free capacity that would normally be allocated to import containers, oil, automotive, and potash.
- Port stocks and port unloads are greater than average for this time of year.
- At current rates, we are recovering 50,000 – 75,000 metric tonnes a week from the shortfall.
- The next concern is a shortage of rail crews due to illness.
- We understand that railways are focused on supplying crews with protocols to try to manage potential illness.
- They will be ramping down hiring; potential lay-offs.
- China appears to be ready to resume shipping.
- Border restrictions have been put into place by the federal government provide for exemptions to commercial carriers, including truck drivers.
- There have been some reports of blocking of truckers at the border if they are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
- Government of Canada has set up a hotline as a means to address this.
- The US and Canada are communicating on issues with a commitment to keep agriculture and agri-food products moving.