Western Canada’s marine and waterfront industry is asking the Federal and Provincial Governments to boost efforts to de-escalate the tensions and remove blockades which are impacting the industry and the movement of goods through Canada’s supply chain.
Specifically, the Chamber of Shipping, the B.C. Maritime Employers Association and the B.C. Marine Terminal Operators Association issued a joint statement Friday calling on the government to end the blockade which is affecting exports from the region.
According to the statement
We support governments working quickly to bring a peaceful and swift resolution to the disruptions across the country, including the recent resumption of rail service to Prince Rupert. We believe there is a path to uphold the rule of law, restore Canada’s well deserved reputation as a stable and reliable supply chain all within the spirit of reconciliation.
Vancouver and Prince Rupert are crucial ports for the Pacific Gateway and are amongst Canada’s busiest ports, serving major Canadian industries, such as manufacturing, mining, energy, forestry, agriculture, and construction.
The unstoppable disruptions of the supply chain is leading to congestion at port terminals from stranded imports and diminished capacity to service export cargoes.
Robert Wilds, Executive Director, BC Marine Terminal Operators Association commented that
As a critical component of the supply chain any disruption in service is detrimental to our reputation as a reliable gateway and service providers.
Therefore, the joint statement highlights the importance of rapidly solving this challenging issue, so that the supply chain can resume its efficient operations.