North American Supply Chains are Impacted by Labor Disruptions in Canada

Following a strike by dockworkers that lasted for one month and paralyzed operations at the Port of Montreal in August and September of this year, Resilience360 research indicates that major ports both on the west and east coast of Canada continue to experience disruption ranging from port congestion to rail car shortages. 

As a result of long-lasting tensions between dockworkers and port managers, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) initially called a 4-day strike on July 27. After intermittent strike actions between July 31 and August 7, an indefinite strike was launched on August 10 that continued through August 21. Port operations were severely disrupted for a total of 28 days during the labor conflict. Throughout the strike period, ocean carriers diverted container ships to other ports including the Port of Saint-John and the Port of Halifax, resulting in higher-than-normal import volumes and causing berthing and yard congestion. 

“As congestion issues at ports across Canada are likely to continue to affect ocean and rail dependent supply chains until October or November at some locations, supply chain managers are advised to continuously monitor congestion levels at their ports of interest and explore route adjustments where necessary,” continued Kričaj. “In some cases, shifting to alternative modes of transportation to reach destinations faster could be an option. At Montreal, some shippers are reportedly using truck delivery instead of rail to reach Toronto faster and terminals are also offering short-sea services to Toronto.” 

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Source: Logistics Management

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