The connected chart exhibits knowledge for 5 completely different transport corridors, as reported by the AG Transport Coalition, whereas combining the Vancouver and Prince Rupert knowledge to create the West Coast statistics.

As indicated by the blue bars, measured towards the first vertical axis, the year-over-year change in motion is largest to the West Coast, with cumulative knowledge for week 8 exhibiting a year-over-year drop of 20,102 vehicles, or 70.4% of the year-over-year change. When the 7,202-car year-over-year drop to Thunder Bay is included, the demand for vehicles to the western ports is down 27,304 hopper vehicles, or 95.6% of the full year-over-year drop.

The gray line represents the year-over-year p.c change in demand for transport, which is calculated at 38% decrease for the West Coast and 42% decrease for Thunder Bay, as measured towards the secondary vertical axis.

Through the first two months, demand for transport to the U.S./Mexico is according to earlier years. This bears watching because the U.S. shall be trying to import numerous grains within the crop 12 months forward. Whereas the demand for south-bound vehicles is low relative to the export corridors to the west and to the east, the full demand has reached 2,488 hopper vehicles over eight weeks, which is down simply 22 vehicles from 2020-21 (1%) and is 160 vehicles (6%) under the three-year common.

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