Service Update – All Modes


The Class 1 railways are reporting that their networks remain fluid.

a) CP operational performance categories for intermodal traffic for the Week Ending May 10, 2020:

Intermodal carloads: 21,167 (previous week: 20,280)

Average train speed: 22.7 MPH (previous week: 22.2 MPH)

Average terminal dwell: 6.5 hours (previous week: 6.5 hours)

b) Canadian Rail Traffic – Week ending May 9.

North American rail volume for the first 19 weeks of 2020 was 11,978,186 carloads and intermodal units, down 10.4% compared with 2019.

Canadian railroads reported 67,481 carloads for the week, down 21.1%, and 69,234 intermodal units, down 0.9% compared with the same week in 2019.

For the first 19 weeks of 2020, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 2,669,073 carloads, containers and trailers, down 6.2%. The detailed statistics for week 19 can be found at the red bar below.


The Port of Halifax Fluidity Update: Week 19 ending May 9

Both container terminals, Ceres Halifax and PSA Halifax are offering full service

CN Rail service with Canada and U.S. operating normally

Supply Chain Commentaries

Container Line Capacity Management.

The Loadstar of May 11 is reporting on the container lines’ attempts to match capacity to demand, which has resulted in a number of “blanked” sailings over the past few months. The container lines have also been taking action to try and maintain rates. The Loadstar article provides more detail and can be found at the following link.

FMA Government Relations

FMA has continuing communications with Transport Canada Surface Policy and Marine Policy officials and with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

FMA Office Operations

FMA staff are primarily working from home. If you need to talk with us, please call me at 613-294-4569.

Updates are on the FMA Website

All the COVID-19 updates that FMA has issued are now uploaded to the website and there is a link to them on the home page at .

The FMA updates focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on supply chains.

Information and questions from members are encouraged and will be useful in our continuing outreach to FMA members and in our communications with the government and with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. All individual company information will be kept confidential.