Service Update – All Modes
CP Service expectations next week : CP expects operating conditions to remain favorable across the network.
Asset forecast this week: Demand is balanced across all fleets. Car velocity is strong which is providing strong levels of order fulfillment on the network.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) reports that access to meals remains an issue for truck drivers across the country and that meal costs have become inflated. The CTA item can be accessed at the first red bar below.
Supply Chain Commentaries
AAR Traffic Data Week 20
The AAR Carloading and Intermodal Statistics for the week ending May 16, (Week 20) have been published.
North American rail volume for the first 20 weeks of 2020 was 12,554,512 carloads and intermodal units, down 11% compared with 2019. Canadian railroads reported 64,416 carloads for the week, down 25.4%, and 66,940 intermodal units, down 3.7% compared with the same week in 2019.
For the first 20 weeks of 2020, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 2,800,429 carloads, containers and trailers, down 6.7%. The detailed statistics for week 20 can be found at the second red bar below.
World Customs Organization (WCO) & Partners Launch Trade Facilitation Repository
Since the COVID -19 Outbreak, countries around the world have been adopting a series of trade and border protection measures to try to contain the spread of the disease across borders. Such measures have caused major disruptions in supply chains.
Given that trade facilitation is a key policy tool that can help countries mitigate some of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WCO has partnered with the WTO, UNCTAD, the CSSO, the GATF, IATA and ITC to develop a COVID-19 Trade Facilitation Repository in which all these actions are consolidated. The WCO News release can be found at the third red bar below. There is a link to the repository in the WCO news release.
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 www.fma-agf.ca .
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.