Exporters face logistical nightmare as CN yet to restore service to Vancouver port – Business News

Flooding in southern BC continues to pose logistical challenges to exporters as the Canadian National Railway Co. closes its service along the key freight corridor due to heavy rainfall and traffic is moving slowly through the port of Vancouver.

“The recovery in the manufacturing sector in general has slowed, and the crisis in BC will only make it worse,” said Dennis Darby, president of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

He said the trains ran at very low prices, even before the Montreal-based railroad pulled the plug on its reopening efforts.

“We hope … that this will return to normal as soon as possible, but it will take at least weeks, probably months.”

CN said it moved seven trains over the weekend, but decided to “proactively close its network” because the rain caused increased debris, leaching and landslides.

“Our crew is working to find safe and efficient ways to manage water flow, stabilize infrastructure and monitor the overall condition of the network,” Railway spokesman Mathieu Gaudreault wrote in an email.

CN has been able to divert some rail traffic to the port of Prince Rupert, which remains fully operational and is not affected by the severe weather.

But CN said northbound and eastbound traffic to and from Vancouver is still affected by this situation.

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. cars loaded with Prairie grain and fuel ran into Vancouver last Wednesday for the first time in a few days after its railroad corridor suffered major damage around 30 locations between Vancouver and Kamloops, BC

However, the Calgary Railway says it needs access to CN tracks on its busiest corridor, where they share rail infrastructure to maximize capacity.

“As CP resumes operations and goes from restoration to recovery, CP will coordinate closely with customers and terminals to clear the backlog as safely and efficiently as possible,” spokeswoman Salem Woodrow wrote in an email.

“As a railroad, we recognize how the service we provide affects people’s lives and businesses, moves fuels we depend on, the food we eat, the vehicles we drive, and the clothing we wear.”

In the country’s busiest port, a large number of cargo ships are anchored and prevented from unloading their cargo, while empty shipping containers are hurried back to Asia empty.

The number of empty containers through October increased 72 percent from a year ago, while exports fell 11 percent, says GCT Global Container Terminals Inc.

Port of Vancouver president Robin Silvester says insufficient land for container storage and transhipment accentuates the problem of shipping companies not willing to wait for containers to be filled in Canada.

“Without land close to the port to do this quickly and efficiently, shipping companies are simply rushing containers back, empty, to Asia, leaving Canada’s exporters empty-handed,” he said recently in a speech to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

The situation is particularly difficult for exporters, prompting companies to lay off staff or shut down production, as 32 percent of Canada’s GDP is exports and three-quarters of the manufactured goods are exported, Darby said in an interview.

“So yes, this is real, and pretty soon it will start to be measurable, I’m sure,” he said. “It’s a tragic situation.

Follow us on Google News

Disclaimers for mcutimes.com

All the information on this website - https://mcutimes.com - is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. mcutimes.com does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this website (mcutimes.com), is strictly at your own risk. mcutimes.com will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of our website.

Give a Comment