Rail Blockades in Ontario and British Columbia Affect Cargo Flow Across Canada

Please be advised on the status of rail blockades in Ontario and British Columbia.

The blockade in Ontario is on the main CN line in Tyendinaga. This blockade is affecting the movement of goods between Western Canada and Eastern Canada, and between Eastern Canada and Midwest, U.S. The CN double-tracked mainline has been shut down since approximately 5 p.m. local time on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

The blockade in British Columbia is on the main CN line in New Hazelton, west of Smithers, affecting all traffic in and out of the Ports of Prince Rupert and Kitimat. The CN main line has been shut down since approximately 3 p.m. local time on Saturday, February 8.

A public statement from the individuals blocking the lines explained that their actions are in solidarity with the pipeline opposition movement and unrelated to CN’s activities.

Nearly 200* trains have now been directly impacted by the blockades. 

The blockades are having an impact from coast to coast, at the Port of Prince Rupert, Port of Montreal and the Port of Halifax. Truck cargo is being affected in British Columbia, with blockades at Deltaport, Centerm and Vanterm.

It’s important to note that trains are flowing in and out of the Port of Vancouver.

Delmar is closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they become available. This situation is fluid and may change on a daily basis.

For additional assistance and options, please contact your local Delmar Representative.

Source: CN

*Figure updated at 3:45 p.m.

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