Service Update – All Modes

There are no service disruptions reported by any of the modes at this time.


CP Service expectations next week

CP expects operating conditions to remain favorable across the network.

Intermodal equipment capacity is available across the network for intra-Canada shipments.

Cross-border EMHU equipment is tight at Vaughan, Calgary and Edmonton.

CN Pandemic Response by Progressive Railroading

Progressive Railroading reports that as of March 31, CN reduced workforce by 16%, stored 500 locomotives, and reduced cars on-line by 15%. The full report can be accessed at the first red bar below.

Supply Chain Commentaries

AAR Traffic Data Week 21

North American rail volume for the first 21 weeks of 2020 was 13,140,443 carloads and intermodal units, down 11.4% compared with 2019.

Canadian railroads reported 65,535 carloads for the week, down 22.5%, and 61,901 intermodal units, down 5.8% compared with the same week in 2019.

For the first 21 weeks of 2020, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 2,927,865 carloads, containers and trailers, down 7.1%. The detailed statistics for week 21 can be found at the second red bar below.

Pandemic Disruption of Container Flows – American Shipper

American Shipper reports on container flow disruptions, the blanking of sailings with quotes from the North American President of Hamburg Sud. The link to the article is at the third red bar below.

Air Canada Cargo – New Cargo Flights to Europe and Latin America

Air Canada Cargo is announcing five new destinations using converted Airbus A333 aircraft. The destination are Bogata, Lima, Amsterdam, Dublin and Madrid. More details can be found at

FMA Government Relations

FMA has continuing communications with Transport Canada Surface Policy and Marine Policy officials and with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). As FMA will be scheduling discussions with Transport Canada in the near future, we are particularly requesting member feedback on recent service experience with all modes. Please send any comments to me at .

Representatives of member companies will be invited to participate in the discussions with Transport Canada, once scheduled.

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.