Toronto, April 22, 2021
As of April 21, CIFFA is aware of the following developments on the Port of Montreal labour situation.
Last Thursday, April 15, the Maritime Employers Association presented a counter proposal to the Longshoremen's Union. The parties have not met since and nothing is currently scheduled in terms of further negotiations. The union, in accordance with their partial strike decision, did not work over the April 17-18 weekend.
The railways indicate they are operating as planned, but there is a current backlog due to increased imports (from 2 weeks ago) and the past weekend's strike action.
Cargo originating from the U.S. Midwest is in many cases diverting to other ports.
Truck productivity has increased approximately 18% as cargo is moving via road.
Next week is expected to be problematic, with potential for further backlog, as six vessels are scheduled to arrive at the Port of Montreal.
CIFFA members should start to expect congestion and further delays as the union's partial strike continues.
We will update members as further information becomes clear.
For more information, please call David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1207.